Miami Saxophone Quartet: Take Four Giants Steps (2004)
Each member of the quartet delivers an artistic sound as the singular voices of tenor, alto, soprano, and baritone saxophone are distinctive yet when combined create harmony and balance. The quartet’s open and fervent approach is felt on every composition as each musician performs through complex arrangements with tight interplay.
The scope of MSQ’s repertoire covers a wide range of styles from jazz, classical, and chamber pieces. Highlights include the great saxophonist John Coltrane’s classic jazz piece "Giant Steps" which is uniquely recreated with multiple horn lines and impressive solos. The quartet’s alto member Gary Lindsay pens almost half of the selections: the string accompanied “Waltz for Joshua,” an interesting suite of “Childhood Memories,” and the ragtime antics of “Intoxicated Rag.” The horns are always lush and probing, conveying oneness. Throw in a movement, a few pieces written specifically for the saxophone, and an awe-inspiring rendition of “America the Beautiful” and the path becomes clearer: one that leads to saxophone nirvana.
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Track Listing: 1. Childhood Memories: Tag 2. Giant Steps 3. Waltz for Joshua 4. Thank You 5. Carisi Quartet #1 6. Childhood Memories: Romance 7. Intoxicated Rag 8. Mintzer Quartet #1, Allegretto 9. Mintzer Quartet #1, Slowly 10. Mintzer Quartet #1, Allegro 11. Childhood Memories: Hide and Seek 12. America the Beautiful
Personnel: Gary Keller - tenor saxophone, Gary Lindsay - alto saxophone, Ed Calle - soprano saxophone, and Mike Brignola - baritone saxophone
Record Label: Fourtitude