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ARTIST
TITLE
Sax Pax For A Sax
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
KD 943333CD KD 943333CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
12/8/2009

Originally released in 1999, this is a collection of Louis Hardin's (aka Moondog) works arranged and performed by The London Saxophonic, originally intended as a commemoration of Antoine Joseph Sax. "The composer calls his saxophone project 'Sax Pax,' underlining that in this case the saxophones are not to be linked with military bands for which the instruments originally had been intended, but are used exclusively for peaceful purposes. 'Pax' like peace or packs, meaning different sized groups within the ensemble, the first 'pack' involves 4 saxes, as in 'Single Foot,' the second one using 5 saxes, as in 'Sandalwood,' then seven saxes, as in 'New Amsterdam,' nine saxes in 'Novette No. 1,' and so on." --from the liner notes. The layering of saxes as such can alternately sound like chamber music, and also very much like raucous street jazz. Most pieces are written in canon form, having up to 36 voices. The ensemble also features luminaries of British saxophone music and other key artists including Peter Hammill, Danny Thompson (Pentangle), Andrew Davis, and Stuart Gordon. Includes a 16-page booklet featuring extensive liner notes on the music, lyrics, and photos.