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All Music Guide - James Manheim
With one exception, Matthew Levy's set of "Three Miniatures" which marks a kind of interlude, all of the short pieces on this album were commissioned by the PRISM saxophone quartet in commemoration of its 20th anniversary in 2004. As such, the album marks a little survey in miniature of the state of concert music at that time, at least setting aside the spheres of electronic music and of tonal neo-Romantic crowd-pleasers. You could buy it with that in mind rather than out of sheer admiration for this crack ensemble, who have done for saxophones what the Kronos Quartet did for strings. Yet the range of music only goes to show how versatile the group is, and in the end the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
With one exception, Matthew Levy's set of "Three Miniatures" which marks a kind of interlude, all of the short pieces on this album were commissioned by the PRISM saxophone quartet in commemoration of its 20th anniversary in 2004. As such, the album marks a little survey in miniature of the state of concert music at that time, at least setting aside the spheres of electronic music and of tonal neo-Romantic crowd-pleasers. You could buy it with that in mind rather than out of sheer admiration for this crack ensemble, who have done for saxophones what the Kronos Quartet did for strings. Yet the range of music only goes to show how versatile the group is, and in the end the album is a virtuoso display. Consider the controlled violence in a work like Gregory Wanamaker's "speed metal organum blues" which sounds just about like you might expect from the title, the peppy cross rhythms of Jennifer Higdon's "Bop," the humor of Frank J. Oteri's four-movement "Fair and Balanced?," and the lyricism of Adam B. Silverman's "Just a Minute, Chopin," for starters: all of these little works receive committed, precise performances, and there really are few dull moments on the entire 26-item program. Fans of funk-jazz saxophonist Greg Osby may be interested purely because of the alternate versions of his "Prism #1 Refraction," on which he joins the PRISM quartet. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/31/2011
  • Label: Innova Records
  • UPC: 726708680022
  • Catalog Number: 800
  • Sales rank: 305,280

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Prism Quartet Primary Artist, Ensemble
Greg Osby Alto Saxophone
Taimur Sullivan Baritone Saxophone
Timothy McAllister Alto Saxophone
Matthew Levy Tenor Saxophone
Zachary Shemon Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
William Bolcom Composer
Tim Berne Composer
Greg Osby Composer
Nick Didkovsky Composer
Tim Ries Composer
Jennifer Higdon Composer
Libby Larsen Composer
Keith Moore Composer
Frank J. Oteri Composer
Dennis DeSantis Composer
Zack Browning Composer
James Primosch Composer
Eric Wojahn Engineer
Jeff Stutzman Engineer
Ken Ueno Composer
Gregory Wanamaker Composer
Donnacha Dennehy Composer
Adam Silverman Composer
Prism Quartet Producer
Jason Eckardt Composer
John Schaefer Liner Notes
Matthew Levy Composer, Mastering
Roshanne Etezady Composer
Alyssa Timin Liner Notes
Chen Yi Composer
Robert Capanna Composer
Dave Barbaree Engineer
Renée Favand-See Composer
Perry Goldsmith Composer
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