The Colossal Saxophone Session

The Colossal Saxophone Session

CD(2 Includes Compact Disk)

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This double-CD (originally cut for King) has a remarkable lineup of saxophonists: altoists Frank Morgan, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, John Zorn, Steve Coleman, Donald Harrison, and Craig Bailey, Dave Liebman on soprano, and tenors Archie Shepp, David Murray, Houston Person, and Bennie Wallace. In fact, there is so much talent present (with a fine rhythm section that includes pianist George Cables, either Rufus Reid or Santi DeBriano on bass, and producer Joe Chambers on drums) that it is not surprising that the results do not come close to living up to the tremendous potential. A problem is that 12 of the 20 performances feature just one saxophonist (everyone but Bailey is heard from in a quartet setting and Liebman has two showcases) which partly wastes the unique concept of the set; certainly Phil Woods and Houston Person offer nothing new on songs they have previously recorded ("Goodbye Mr. Evans" and "There Is No Greater Love"). In general the individual selections are reasonably rewarding, particularly those of Murray, Liebman, and Morgan. Of the collaborations, Konitz meets Zorn on one fairly respectful track, and Shepp gets to team up with Murray. In addition there are two numbers with three saxophonists, one with five, and three blues (including two versions of "Blues for JC") that have six. There is no big blowout with all dozen players, solo identification is not given, and the liner notes say little about the goals or ideas behind the ambitious undertaking. This music will look more unique in discographies than it actually sounds.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/30/1995
Label: Evidence
UPC: 0730182213027
catalogNumber: 22130


Disc 1

  1. Devil's Island
  2. Bamboo
  3. My Little Brown Book
  4. Spooning
  5. In a Sentimental Mood
  6. Footprints
  7. Four
  8. Tu-Way-Pack-E-Way
  9. Why Try to Change Me Now?
  10. Blues for JC

Disc 2

  1. Blues for 52nd Street
  2. Like Someone in Love
  3. Promptus
  4. King Tut
  5. Bemsha Swing
  6. Quasi Enni
  7. Flamingo
  8. There Is No Greater Love
  9. Goodbye Mr. Evans
  10. Blues for JC

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Cables   Piano
Joe Chambers   Drums
Steve Coleman   Alto Saxophone
Lee Konitz   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Frank Morgan   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Houston Person   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Rufus Reid   Bass
Archie Shepp   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Bennie Wallace   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
David Murray   Tenor Saxophone
Santi Debriano   Bass
Craig Bailey   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Donald Harrison   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
David Liebman   Soprano Saxophone,Track Performer
Phil Woods   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
John Zorn   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Jiro Yoshida   Guitar

Technical Credits

Joe Chambers   Producer
Steve Coleman   Composer
Devin Emke   Engineer
Alec Head   Engineer
John Siket   Engineer
Yoichi Nakao   Producer,Executive Producer
L. Morris   Composer

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