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A Tribute to Sax / Houben, Debecq, The Sax Players [2 CDs + Book]

Sax / Debecq / Goethals / Schneider
Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Ricercar   Catalog #: 341   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean Baptiste SingeléeManning SherwinEdward HeymanJerome Kern,   ... 
Performer:  Christian DebecqGuido GoethalsGuy PensonUlrich [Sax (Baritone)] Berg,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sax Players
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Given that this year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Adolphe Sax, it is only fitting that Ricercar, with its history of familiarising the world with lesser-known musical instruments, should devote a CD to the genius who invented the saxophone. The instrument’s capabilities are demonstrated by two very different types of music, the first being exemplified by the Romantic works that were composed for the saxophone in Paris in the first years after Sax’s patent had been registered. It was jazz music, however— music which Sax could never have imagined — that gave the instrument and the saxophone family as a whole the fame it enjoys today. As is Ricercar’s custom, the CD’s accompanying booklet includes extensive liner notes. An Read more article by Jérôme Lejeune describes the invention of the instrument and the first works that were composed for it in Paris, these dating from the time when Sax himself was touting for new works for the saxophone as well as publishing them, before his appointment as professor of saxophone at the Conservatoire de Paris. Jean-Pol Schroeder’s article is a highly interesting account of the history of the saxophone in jazz music. Saxophones made by Sax’s own atelier are used for the French Romantic pieces by Singelée and Demersseman, together with copies of the original mouthpieces. Their sound is indeed a revelation, for they are played without any trace of the vibrato that was traditionally applied to the instrument during the 20th century. The jazz standards recorded here were played by Steve Houben on a Selmer alto saxophone from 1957. Their clear and clean lines are performed without accompaniment and reveal the quality of the musician and his instrument. Some of the pieces make use of double-tracking to create a saxophone duo, whilst others have been given a delicate double-bass counterpoint by Michel Benita.The jazz selections were originally recorded in 1992 and 1999, the Romantic works in 2002. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Duo Concertant, Op. 55 by Jean Baptiste Singelée
Performer:  Christian Debecq (), Guido Goethals (), Guy Penson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 13 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2.
Concerto, for tenor saxophone & piano, Op. 57 by Jean Baptiste Singelée
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sax Players
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858 
Length: 10 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3.
Solo de Concert No. 7 for baritone saxophone & piano, Op. 93 by Jean Baptiste Singelée
Performer:  Guy Penson (Piano), Ulrich [Sax (Baritone)] Berg ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
4.
Quartet for saxophones No. 1, Op. 53 by Jean Baptiste Singelée
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sax Players
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; France 
Length: 15 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5.
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square by Manning Sherwin
Performer:  Steve Houben ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
6.
Out of Nowhere by Edward Heyman
Performer:  Steve Houben ()
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
7.
Very Warm for May: All the Things You Are by Jerome Kern
Performer:  Steve Houben ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
8.
Moon and Sand, song by Alec Wilder / Morty Palit
Performer:  Steve Houben ()
Period: Modern 
Written: 1941 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
9.
Blue Daniel by Frank Rosolino
Performer:  Steve Houben ()
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
10.
A Time for Love by Johnny Mandel
Performer:  Steve Houben ()
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
11.
The touch of your lips by Ray Noble
Performer:  Steve Houben ()
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
12.
I've Never Been in Love Before, song (from "Guys and Dolls") by Frank Loesser
Performer:  Steve Houben ()
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
13.
Too Close for Comfort by Jerry Bock
Performer:  Steve Houben ()
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
14.
People, song (for the musical "Funny Girl") by Jule Styne
Performer:  Steve Houben ()
Period: Modern 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
15.
Higher and Higher: It never entered my mind by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Steve Houben ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
16.
You Must Believe in Spring by Michel Legrand
Performer:  Steve Houben ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
17.
Girl Crazy: Embraceable you by George Gershwin
Performer:  Michel Benita (Double Bass), Steve Houben ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Length: 8 Minutes 45 Secs. 
18.
Broadway Melody of 1940: I concentrate on you by Cole Porter
Performer:  Steve Houben (), Michel Benita (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
19.
As Time Goes By by Herman Hupfeld
Performer:  Steve Houben (), Michel Benita (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
20.
Revenge With Music: You and the night and the music by Arthur Schwartz
Performer:  Michel Benita (Double Bass), Steve Houben ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
21.
My Old Flame by Sam Coslow
Performer:  Michel Benita (Double Bass), Steve Houben ()
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
22.
The Nearness of You by Hoagy Carmichael
Performer:  Steve Houben (), Michel Benita (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
23.
When the Sun Comes Out, song by Harold Arlen
Performer:  Steve Houben ()
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
24.
Fantaisie pastorale, for soprano saxophone & piano by Jean Baptiste Singelée
Performer:  Guy Penson (Piano), Christian Debecq ()
Period: Romantic 
Length: 6 Minutes 52 Secs. 
25.
Sérénade, for saxophone & piano, Op. 33 by Jules Demerssemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sax Players
Period: Romantic 
Length: 7 Minutes 4 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Duo Concertant, Op. 55: I. Risoluto
Duo Concertant, Op. 55: II. Andante
Duo Concertant, Op. 55: III. Allegretto
Fantaisie Pastorale, Op. 56
Serenade, Op. 33
Tenor Saxophone Concerto, Op. 57
Solo de Concert No. 7, Op. 93
Saxophone Quartet No. 1, Op. 53: I. Andante - Allegro
Saxophone Quartet No. 1, Op. 53: II. Adagio sostenuto
Saxophone Quartet No. 1, Op. 53: III. Allegro vivace
Saxophone Quartet No. 1, Op. 53: IV. Allegretto
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (arr. for saxophone): A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (arr. for chamber ensemble)
Out of Nowhere (arr. for saxophone): Out of Nowhere (arr. for chamber ensemble)
Very Warm for May: All the Things You Are (arr. for saxophone): All the Things You Are
Moon and Sand (arr. for saxophone): Moon and Sand (arr. for chamber ensemble)
Blue Daniel (arr. for saxophone): Blue Daniel
A Time for Love (arr. for saxophone): A Time for Love (arr. for chamber ensemble)
The Touch of Your Lips (arr. for saxophone): The Touch of Your Lips (arr. for chamber ensemble)
Guys and Dolls (arr. for saxophone): Guys and Dolls: I've Never Been in Love Before (arr. for chamber ensemble)
Too Close for Comfort (arr. for saxophone): Too Close for Comfort (arr. for chamber ensemble)
People (arr. for saxophone): People
Higher and Higher (arr. for saxophone): It never entered my mind
Les demoiselles de Rochefort (The Young Girls of Rochefort) (arr. for saxophone): You Must Believe In Spring (arr. for chamber ensemble)
Girl Crazy (arr. for chamber ensemble): Embraceable You
Broadway Melody of 1940 (arr. for chember ensemble): I concentrate on you
Everybody's Welcome (arr. for chamber ensemble): As Time Goes By
Revenge With Music (arr. for chamber ensemble): You and the Night and the Music
My Old Flame
The Nearness of You (arr. for chamber ensemble)
When the Sun Comes Out (arr. for chamber ensemble)

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