Composers Sax 4-tet

Repetition by Rick Stone

 

As a saxophonist I’m sure that I’m not alone in thinking that there’s something really special about playing in the quartet setting.  We experience it to a certain extent playing as one of a group of five saxes in a big band.  But playing just with other saxes without a rhythm section is like nothing else.  You can hear everyone’s sound so clearly and the nuances are not missed.  It’s like a living breathing organism we bring to life as a group.

The mission of the Composers Saxophone Quartet is to make the best of this special instrumentation.  We perform original compositions and/or arrangements by our favorite local composers as well as by members of the ensemble.  We love hearing what everyone comes up with and after each meeting everyone’s excited to get to write more for the group.

For jazz musicians it’s a different challenge to write something that will support an improvising soloist without a standard rhythm section and the composers who have written for us have approached this in a variety of ways.  All the saxophonists in the quartet are also excellent improvisers and most of the pieces we play incorporate improvisation, showcasing the band’s ability to really swing without the need of a rhythm section.

The band members are:

Diane Wernick- soprano/alto saxes
Rick Stone- alto sax
Sean Berry- tenor sax
Kathy Olson- bari sax

Videos from August 3, 2014 at Gallery 263 :

Tygart Valley by Kathy Olson

 

Everything’s Fine by Rick Stone

 

Reverie by Kathy Olson

 

Bird’s Lament by Moondog arranged by Rick Stone

 

Hebdomad by Danny Fratina

 

Video from September 13, 2011 at Outpost 186 (with Mark Zaleski on alto/soprano saxes):

 

My Waltz by Kathy Olson


Audio recordings from past performances(with Mark Zaleski on alto/soprano saxes except where noted):

Oddball- Brian Friedland

Deed I Do- Rose & Hirsch, Arranged by Kathy Olson

School Stone Rock- Rick Stone

Ham and Cheese- Kathy Olson

Toon, Variations, and Fugue – Tom Hojnacki (with Diane Wernick)

Short Piece- Randy Pingrey

Premonition- Randy Pingrey

Stay tuned to the calendar page for future performances.