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by Aaron Rogers
Avant-garde jazz groups can sometimes sound too remote or off-the-wall, even to a hard-core jazz fan. When free jazz musicians play without bass, piano or drums, the music can have a tendency to lose its sense of structure when it comes to harmony and rhythm.
Although the Brooklyn Sax Quartet can be labeled as a free jazz group without a rhythm section, the group plays the new thing" (as it was called in the early '60s by pioneers like Ornette ...read more
by Terrell Kent Holmes
The vibrancy and emotion of the Brooklyn Sax Quartet underscores its social conscience. This inventive group puts together a program that embraces multiculturalism and acknowledges the struggle against injustice without proselytizing. At a recent March show at St. John's Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Sax Quartet performed several numbers from Far Side of Here, whose splendid solo/group interplay recalls the dynamics of a Greek chorus. On the opener, Tie Me Sufre (TEEay may SOOfray), altoist Rudresh Mahanthappa ...read more