InNOVAtions – Nova Saxophone Quartet

This is the second recording by the Nova Quartet with new personnel and Rick Lawn as the only constant, moving from soprano to alto. This may be the best recording available of Phil Woods first quartet especially since it includes the optional improvised extension to the first movement. The recording was first issued by the Musical Heritage with limited distribution. Rights have been reassigned to Nova and Rick Lawn so this music can once again be made available.We hope to eventually make the original manuscript version of Greg Knapp’s demanding arrangement of Debussy’s “Rapsodie,” originally composed for solo alto saxophone and orchestra. Some share the opinion that this original commission was never a great piece. Others may agree that this version for quartet is actually superior in making full use of the quartet to cover all solo and orchestral passages. This amazing work can be purchased in score and parts from this site.

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Personnel: Douglas Skinner, soprano; Richard Lawn, alto; Gregory Wilson, tenor; James Warth, baritone

Tracks

1. Douglas Walter:

Saxophone Quartet No.1

I. Quintalism

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II. Transition

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III. Finale

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2. Eddie Sauter:

Saxophone Quartet No. 1 (“Q.T.”)

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3. Seymour Barab:

Quartet for Saxophones

I. Allegro moderato

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II. Non-expressivo

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III. Presto

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4. Claude Debussy (trans. & arr. G.W. Knapp):

Rapsodie for Saxophone and Orchestra

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5. Phil Woods:

Three Improvisations for Saxophone Quartet

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We’ve decided to cut our overhead and save us both money by making this available right from this website. You can order the entire recording as downloadable MP3 files.

Buy for $10

KAGI, the procurement and distribution company that handled sales has gone out of business. Until further notice you will need to email me to purchase charts – rjlawn at gmail dot com