With several previous recordings as a leader in addition to his many appearances as a sideman on other albums, Dan St. Marseille is known exclusively as a tenor saxophonist who now, with this release, joins a select group of musicians recording a straight-ahead jazz album with clarinet as the lead instrument. Though he began playing music with the clarinet at the age of nine, Swinging With The Saint is St. Marseille's professional debut on this instrument in one of those rare albums of modern jazz led by the voicing of the clarinet instead of the saxophone.
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If it’s true, as many say, that Jazz improvisation is actually story–telling by another name, tenor saxophonist Dan St. Marseille is an accomplished narrator who recounts a number of fascinating stories on Departure. None of them, it should be pointed out, is entirely unfamiliar, as comparable versions have been inscribed for a number of years by saxophonists from Stan Getz through Michael Brecker to Joe Lovano. On the other hand, in Jazz, as with snowflakes, no two patterns are ever exactly the same, and even though St. Marseille travels a well–worn path he always finds something fresh and interesting to ...read more