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Fourtified

Label: Fourtitude
Released: 2009
Track listing: Seventh Sign; Blue Rondo a la Turk; It

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Miami Saxophone Quartet: Fourtified

Read "Fourtified" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Before even blowing a note, the Miami Saxophone Quartet has earned bonus points by doing something other such groups would be wise to emulate: it has added a rhythm section (at least on three of Fourtified's nine tracks). There's even a second quartet--viola, cello, two violins--on the aptly named three-movement “Jazz Suite for Double Quartet," Latin ...

Fourtified

Label: Fourtitude
Released: 2008

Midnight Rumba

Label: Fourtitude
Released: 2005
Track listing: Rice and Beans; Angel; The Iberia Suite (Midnight Rumba / Siesta / Pamplona); Benjamin; Early Autumn; A Night in Tunisia; Con Alma; My Ship; Bordel 1900 (52:16).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Miami Saxophone Quartet: Midnight Rumba

Read "Midnight Rumba" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Several things help set the Miami Saxophone Quartet apart from comparable groups: one, the brilliantly textured charts, most of them written by Ed Calle or Gary Lindsay; two, the emphasis on Latin and Hispanic motifs and melodies, epitomized by Calle's three-movement Iberia Suite; and three, the use of percussion on three selections, guest artist Arturo Sandoval ...

Take Four Giants Steps

Label: Fourtitude
Released: 2004
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

Live

Label: Fourtitude
Released: 2004
Track listing: Sunlight, Mambo Influenciado, Still Crazy After All These Years, A Child is Born, Scenes from the 'Hood, Black Bottom Stomp, Giant Steps

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The Miami Saxophone Quartet: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Jack Bowers

This album could be called “The Miami Saxophone Quartet Plus,” as every member of the synchronous South Florida-based group doubles (and sometimes triples) on other instruments, and there are talented guest artists on three of the seven selections. Like most such groups, the MSQ is very much into rich tonal colors and intricate harmonic schemes interlaced ...

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Miami Saxophone Quartet: Take Four Giants Steps

Read "Take Four Giants Steps" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

For saxophone aficionados there is nothing quite as enjoyable as the pure sound of a harmonious reed ensemble. Hearkening to the days when big bands roamed the jazz scene and swing was more synonymous with Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman; the enormous sound of the saxophone quartet was and still is a thing of uniqueness and ...

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Miami Saxophone Quartet: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Nowadays it seems that jazz ensemble saxophone playing is thought of as part of either the marching brass band tradition or the avant-garde. Listening to the Miami Saxophone Quartet reminds me of a truncated version of Supersax. Although the latter group was a five sax unit augmented by trumpet and rhythm that specialized in performing the ...


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