Introduction I am continuously speaking to saxophone players on the scene today and am always asking “are there any new players I should be checking out?” Recently, the name that has come up quite a bit is a saxophonist named Chris Bittner. Fortunately at NAMM 2020, I ran into Derek Cliff Crane who runs SaxSpy [read more…]
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The argument for and against “shredding” is as old as music itself. In this article I will define the term “shredding” and try to look at it from a perspective that I think is overlooked by most musicians who are anti-shredding. I will also explain, with examples, why I believe shredding is probably a good [read more…]
In this article, we’re going to be taking deep-dive into a project me and my group recently recorded in Spain at Berklee Valencia. The song began in spring 2018 inspired by The Venus Project, initially refined while at Boysie Lowery Jazz Residency in Wilmington, Delaware (USA) shortly before leaving for Spain. I wanted to write [read more…]
Maxim Shalygin’s Todos los Todos el Fuego (2019) is a new, nearly 90-minute long work for saxophone octet, inspired by the Argentinian writer Julio Cortazar. While there have been other original works for 8 saxophones, no work has ever combined tonal and avant garde elements with the scope and scale found in Maxim’s piece, called [read more…]
Introduction Once again, the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show 2020 was filled with exhibitors showcasing their latest music-making products, so once again,I was lucky enough to be able to visit the show myself and check out all of the latest and greatest saxophones, necks, ligatures, mouthpieces, reeds, neck-straps, neck-screws, cases and the list [read more…]
Introduction At the 2019 NAMM Show, I had the chance to meet with Rulon Brown, President of Key Leaves, and test the Key Leaves Sax Key Props as well as the Vent Vine. Most recently, Rulon sent me two new products to review – the GapCap & Spit Sponge. GapCap Product Overview The end cap/end [read more…]