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Jeremy Justeson is one of America's finest saxophonists, and this is his debut recording on the American Modern Recordings (AMR) label. This recording contains seven contemporary works, all of which feature the saxophone, and most include at least one other musician. All of the pieces in this album are world premiere recordings, and a few feature the composers performing their own works. Works include: Pistol Packin' Mamma for alto sax, violin and piano; Walimai for also sax and piano; Sultana for soprano sax and piano; schizo 'squito for solo alto sax; Tongue and Groove for alto sax and five-octave marimba (four mallet version); Spirit for alto sax and piano, and Pimpin' for baritone sax and recording.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF EACH TRACK Pistol Packin' Mamma is about three conflicting personalities that are very rarely in harmony with each other Walimai is inspired by a character in Isabel Allende s fascinating collection Cuentos de Eva Luna Sultana takes it's name from a female sultan schizo 'squito is inspired by the schizophrenic life of a mosquito Tongue and Groove is inspired by carpentry, rhythmic interplay, fast tonguing and oral sex The title Spirit refers to raising one's spirits and the general tone is one of warmth and positive emotion Pimpin', the title track, is the only work on the album not by an American composer, and is based on original speech by American pimps and prostitutes
JEREMY JUSTESON BIO Jeremy Justeson has performed as an orchestral soloist and recitalist across the United States, Europe and Asia. Dr. Justeson currently serves as Professor of Saxophone and Director of the Wind Ensemble at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Active regionally, nationally, and internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, clinician, and conductor, Dr. Justeson has appeared in venues such as New York s Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium and Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall, Dallas Meyerson Center, San Antonio Symphony Hall, Allentown Symphony Hall and San Diego s Copley Symphony Hall.
An absolutely outstanding recording! Not only does each piece on this album hold its own wonderful eccentricity, but Dr. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Manuel J. Perez III
Words cannot describe the impact this album has had on me. After hearing it, I have to wear glasses. Ive always wanted to wear glasses! Read morePublished on May 28, 2011 by Jimmy V