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.
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* The first piece, "Pistol Packin' Mama," was composed by Scott McAllister. It features the internationally recognized violinist Kurt Nikkanen and acclaimed pianist Maria Asteriadou. It is about three conflicting personalities that are rarely in harmony with each other, represented by two dissonant sections with a moment of agreement in a calming middle section.
* "Walimai," a personal favorite, features composer Michael Djupstrom on piano. Based on a short story by Isabel Allende, Walimai tells a tale of terrible loss followed by an eventual release from suffering. The beginning of this work is dominated by a dark and contemplative mood, portrayed aptly by the alto saxophone's meandering melody and open-ended piano chords. The piece breaks suddenly into a dance-like melody in the mid section, featuring some intensely serpentine runs in the saxophone, and slowly builds into a bombastic climax, which transitions to a more delicate and solemn ending.
* "Sultana" features Maria Asteriadou on piano and Dr. Justeson on soprano saxophone. This work is adapted from "Wood," the 4th movement of John Mackey's "Concerto for Soprano Sax and Wind Ensemble." It has an alluringly beautiful melody, and at times, Justeson's soprano sax sounds almost like an oboe or English horn.Read more ›
Jeremy is a FANTASTIC musician, he OWNS the sax (not A sax, THE sax) and everything on this album is amazing. But, when you get to "Pimpin'" just remember that ....be with this person forever... is my favorite line. That piece is inspiring, trippy, otherworldly....in short, and as someone has already said, a MASTERPIECE. Thank you Jeremy for recording this disc and thanks to Jacob TV for writing that piece. More please!
The track listing itself is interesting beyond compare, filled with contemporary pieces from composers such as Scott McAllister, John Mackey, and Jacob TV. The eccentricity of the track listing is something to be marveled at and is definitely a selling point for this album (and it dang-well deserves to be!). I originally decided to pick up this album because of the title track "Pimpin' " by Jacob TV, but was pleasantly surprised to discover I enjoyed every single piece, including the few I hadn't heard before.
Even with this album being a prime example that album covers do in fact matter, don't let the seemingly gimmicky cover dissuade any pessimists out there! Dr. Justeson's playing is impeccable. Justeson's musicality is spot on, with every phrase becoming increasingly more memorable as he wonderfully presents difficult repertoire to pull off effectively. Lyricism and technical facility often prove difficult with post-modern pieces, as the skill needed to find and convey them is lost along with the Common Practice Traditional Harmony that gets pretty boring sometimes ;); however, Justeson is able to find and make each line his own.
My favorite tracks would have to be the title track "Pimpin' ," the opening track "Pistol Packin' Mama" (which I just ordered the sheet music for!), and "Walmai." Each composition itself I find extremely interesting, so you can imagine how happy I was when I heard beautiful renditions of them~.
I would recommend this album to anyone who loves classical saxophone, lyricism, and technicality!
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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
When I first saw the cover of this CD I thought, "Aight... aight". I saw the sexy girls and the saxy man ;) (See what I did there?). Read morePublished on May 16, 2011 by Bari Bari Saxy