Experience

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In jazz circles, there is a joke that goes like this: how many jazz singers does it take to perform "My Funny Valentine?" All of them. The point of that joke is that too many jazz artists are paying too much attention to overdone Tin Pan Alley warhorses that have long since been beaten to death. The joke is unfair in that it singles out vocalists -- numerous instrumentalists are guilty of the same thing -- but the fact remains that plenty of jazz artists need to realize that worthwhile popular music didn't end with Tin Pan Alley. Of course, not all improvisers are that shortsighted, which is why explorers ranging from Herbie Hancock to the Bad Plus to British singer ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In jazz circles, there is a joke that goes like this: how many jazz singers does it take to perform "My Funny Valentine?" All of them. The point of that joke is that too many jazz artists are paying too much attention to overdone Tin Pan Alley warhorses that have long since been beaten to death. The joke is unfair in that it singles out vocalists -- numerous instrumentalists are guilty of the same thing -- but the fact remains that plenty of jazz artists need to realize that worthwhile popular music didn't end with Tin Pan Alley. Of course, not all improvisers are that shortsighted, which is why explorers ranging from Herbie Hancock to the Bad Plus to British singer Claire Martin have been finding the jazz possibilities in rock and R&B songs -- and it's why the World Saxophone Quartet pays tribute to Jimi Hendrix on Experience. This 2003 date isn't the first instrumental jazz release to focus on Hendrix's compositions; bandleader/arranger Gil Evans recorded an entire album of Hendrix gems in 1974. But Experience is the first Hendrix tribute by an avant-garde saxophone group, and the WSQ's 2003 lineup David Murray, Hamiet Bluiett, Oliver Lake, and Bruce Williams brings an inside/outside perspective to classics like "Foxey Lady," "If 6 Was 9," "The Wind Cries Mary," and "Little Wing." The WSQ's lively, intriguing arrangements are as funky as they are abstract, and the foursome which is joined by trombonist Craig Harris, violinist Billy Bang, bassist Matthew Garrison, and drummer Gene Lake has no problem demonstrating that hard rock, heavy metal, and psychedelic rock songs can be successfully reinvented as instrumental jazz. Some die-hard Hendrix lovers might nitpick about the absence of their personal favorites -- perhaps "Purple Haze," perhaps "Voodoo Child Slight Return" or "Castles Made of Sand"; regardless, Experience is an excellent CD that finds the WSQ still going strong 26 years after its formation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2004
  • Label: Justin Time Records
  • UPC: 068944016020
  • Catalog Number: 160
  • Sales rank: 182,496

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Freedom (7:14)
  2. 2 If 6 Was 9 (5:20)
  3. 3 Hey Joe (7:10)
  4. 4 Machine Gun (8:02)
  5. 5 Little Wing (7:34)
  6. 6 Foxey Lady (5:29)
  7. 7 Hear My Train a Comin' (8:34)
  8. 8 The Wind Cries Mary (7:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
World Saxophone Quartet Primary Artist
Hamiet Bluiett Baritone Saxophone, Group Member
Oliver Lake Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Group Member
Billy Bang Violin
David Murray Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Matthew Garrison Bass Guitar
Gene Lake Drums
Bruce Williams Alto Saxophone, Group Member
Craig Harris Trombone, Didjeridu, Spoken Word
Technical Credits
Richie Havens Composer
Hamiet Bluiett Author
Oliver Lake Arranger, Author
Charles Mingus Composer
World Saxophone Quartet Producer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Bruce Williams Arranger, Author
Jim West Executive Producer
Craig Harris Arranger
William Roberts Composer
Jahi Sundance Producer
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