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Sax Pax for a Sax


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Audio CD, November 18, 1997
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The first new music from Moondog, nee Louis Hardin, in more than 20 years, Sax Pax for A Sax is probably the best introduction to the work of this eccentric former street musician. A joyous outburst, Sax Pax touches on influences ranging from Miles Davis' groundbreaking "Birth of the Cool," sessions ("Dog Trot"), medieval motets ("Tout Suite No. 1 in F Major"), and bebop's harmonic innovations ("Bird's Lament" and "Present for the Prez"). There's even a male chorus showing up occasionally, sounding like they stepped out of a Busby Berkely musical as they jauntily sing the praises of Paris, New York, and London. But the music's precise counterpoint and buoyant inventiveness could only be Moondog; listen and be enthralled. --Steven Mirkin

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The melancholy mysticism that permeates this recording is rare beauty.... On this venture, Moondog is paired with the all-saxophone ensemble, The London Saxophonic, to deliver a collection of carnivalesque melodies that successfully meshes hypnotic Native American tribal stomps, rich Baroque chords, and bracing big band harmonies. The orchestration for this collection is keenly programmed into different sized ensembles providing a distinctively unified yet varied sound.... This music eclipses the conventional big band vernacular yet uncannily swings with panache. -- Jazz Times

1. Dog Trot
2. Paris
3. Bird's Lament (In Memory Of Charlie Parker)
4. Sandalwood
5. Tout Suite In F Major: 1. Mov.
6. Tout Suite In F Major: 2. Mov.
7. Tout Suite In F Major: 3. Mov.
8. D For Danny
9. New Amsterdam
10. Sea Horse (Piano)
11. Fiesta (Piano)
12. Novette No.1 In D Flat Major: 1. Mov.
13. Novette No.1 In D Flat Major: 2. Mov.
14. Novette No.1 In D Flat Major: 3. Mov.
15. Single Foot
16. Mother's Whistler
17. Present For The Prez. (In Memory Of Lester Young)
18. Shakespeare City
19. EEC Suite: Golden Fleece
20. EEC Suite: Hymn To Peace
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 18, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002JF3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,689 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Moondog has an amazing blend of classical/jazz and was genius.
Lee G
Your dinner guests will ask what they are listening to, and you can recommend this disk, just as I recommend this to you.
Rotten Guatemalan
I can't remember what we talked about, except that I probably annoyed him.
Michael Tolkin

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By IsaiahT Irvin on August 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I grew up loving Boots Randolph, Ace Cannon, King Curtis, and Johnny and the Hurricanes. I was browsing through the net looking for something on Simon Haram(a well known current European classical Saxophonist) and stumbled on this Album. I have never heard anything like this. Its my music find of the year (I am an iPod addict). This is a Sax dectet (1 Sopranio, 2 Soprano, 2 Altos, 2 Tenors, 2 Baritones and Basses) and then they throw in drums, piano, and bass guitar. My ears feel massaged with sound. I will only quote some review from the net:"The dectet of saxophones plus piano and bass guitar that is London Saxophonic is staggering... sounded like an Arvo Pärt choir jamming with the Bulgarian National Assembly of Throat Singers, yes it was that good." The Independent -- Believe this!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rotten Guatemalan on October 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Some of these tunes surprise me every time I listen to them. You can hum them in your mind. You can drive while listening hard -- try to pay attention to the road! Turn it up loud, then listen to it soft -- it will sound good both ways. Your dinner guests will ask what they are listening to, and you can recommend this disk, just as I recommend this to you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Tolkin on January 18, 2013
Format: Audio CD
There are some pieces of obscure music that show up in your life at a certain time and the only sensible explanation for why it happens is Angelic intervention. When I was younger in New York I stopped to talk to Moondog when he was still in his Viking costume on the street. I can't remember what we talked about, except that I probably annoyed him. This is disciplined music of the highest order, balanced, refined, witty and emotionally as deep as you can bear it. It's art as an alternative to the crap of the world, beauty that doesn't overwhelm the way the world overwhelms.

Last night I walked into the new organic juice and yoghurt place on Larchmont Blvd in Los Angeles, and there was a piece of music playing, saxophones talking to each other. The young woman behind the counter had her iPod out and I asked her what it was, and she wrote it down, Moondog - Bird's Lament. She'd downloaded it from a Nicolas Jaar mix, I think. I got home, and it was on my iTunes already, but I'd never listened. My nephew recommended it, a few years ago.

This is an album to own.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Fontaine on August 28, 2002
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this music was already in my head before I heard it. blocks of chords ascending and exploding in fugal fireworks, plus evocations of an imaginary jungle-jive Paris love affair. unbelievably soulful, funny, charming, surprising. you like moondog! you like moondog! buy moondog!
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By J. R. Trtek on February 25, 2014
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These arrangements of pieces by Louis Thomas Hardin for saxophone ensemble are marvelous in this form, though I would agree that they lose just a bit of the sense of being street music, though as others have implied, labels are frequently meaningless, especially in the context of art such as this. Not for everyone, I guess, but to me, very wonderful indeed.
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By NICKB on June 7, 2014
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
I downloaded this to replace the Dave Brubeck album I had playing continuously on a loop in my office lobby.
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By Lee G on March 26, 2013
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I recently came across the music of Moondog while reading a top ten list of blind musicians. This led me to a youtube of "bird's Lament". This very visual music, and the Saxophone symphony did a great job interpreting this music. Moondog has an amazing blend of classical/jazz and was genius. Definitely glad to find his music and listen to more.
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