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Andy Middleton: The European Quartet Live

Read "The European Quartet Live" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

The last time that saxophonist Andy Middleton was heard from he was providing a pro-environmental message on Re-Inventing The World, (Intuition, 2003) with such titles as “Three Mile Island," “Atlas Shrugged" and “At The Foot of The Hill." Middleton's most recent outing, The European Quartet Live (Q-Rious music, 2008), seems to have shifted gears with only one environmental warning ("Up The River").

A lot has occurred in Middleton's life since 2003. He is now living in Austria where ...

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Andy Middleton: The European Quartet Live

Read "The European Quartet Live" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Andy Middleton is an intense saxophonist. He focuses on the core of the melody and then extrapolates it through its musicality and in the freer inventions of his imagination. Middleton who now lives in Vienna, has picked a new working band. They help forge interesting vignettes, with pianist Tino Derado bringing in his own tasteful expressions to blood the music even more.

Middleton takes his compositions, as well as the two that stem from traditional sources, on lengthy ...

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Andy Middleton: Reinventing the World

Read "Reinventing the World" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Based upon the packaging, I suspected that this disc would contain avant-garde or at the very least cutting-edge, Knitting Factory-type jazz. There are no liner notes, just photos of the personnel and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler's name staring me in the face. Well, my guess couldn't be further from the truth. Reinventing the World is a well-thought-out, mainstream combo recording with many fine moments.

Several critical opinions on this album have cited Mr. Middleton's environmental concerns. Perhaps these themes ...

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Andy Middleton: Reinventing the World

Read "Reinventing the World" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Reedman Andy Middleton's Reinventing the World could be a companion piece to another “theme" CD released earlier this year, pianist Mike Holober's Canyon (Sons of Sound, 2002), which celebrated the composer's love of canyoneering, hiking, and the outdoor experience with a set of finely crafted and highly melodic originals. Reinventing the World, with a broader palette and some Spanish and Middle Eastern sounds – but much the same sensiblity – voices Middleton's concerns for the environment.On this octet ...

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Andy Middleton: Reinventing The World

Read "Reinventing The World" reviewed by Jim Santella

Recorded nearly three years ago in Cologne, Germany, this session features a group of modern mainstream jazz artists who’ve got their eyes set on the future. Saxophonist Andy Middleton dedicates the album, his fourth, to his young daughter, who certainly deserves a better world. Ecological concerns and other global social issues would drive any responsible parent. Can we make a difference? Middleton hopes so.

Look at the titles he’s chosen for his original pieces. A moody “Three Mile ...

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Andy Middleton: Nomad's Notebook

Read "Nomad's Notebook" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Tenor and soprano saxophonist Andy Middleton’s third disc as a leader is a mixed bag of middle-eastern melodies, jazz-rock fusion (played with acoustic instruments), and pieces that fit comfortably in the modern mainstream of jazz. The unifying element in all of this music is the exemplary musicianship of Middleton and his core band of guitarist and pianist Ralph Towner, bassist Dave Holland, the drums of Alan Jones, with percussion and trombone added on some tracks. They find creative ways of ...

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Andy Middleton's Middle East Jazz Project June 30, 2006

Andy Middleton's Middle East Jazz Project June 30, 2006

Source: All About Jazz

Jazz Meets Middle Eastern Music

Presentation of jazz adaptations of traditional Middle Eastern folk music and original compositions with my ensemble, the Middle East Jazz Project, featuring Brad Shepik on guitar, Todd Isler on percussion, and Andy Middleton on saxophones and flute.

8 PM on Friday, June 30, 2006 The Brooklyn Music School 126 Saint Felix Street Brooklyn, NY (718) 638-5660 $10, $5 students, children under 12 free

Sponsored by ...

Martin Uherek
saxophone, tenor



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