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Fathom This: A Retrospective
     

Fathom This: A Retrospective

by The Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra
 
The Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra isn't really an orchestra, but rather, a saxophone sextet that sometimes adds acoustic bass, drums, or percussion. The thing that makes the group unique and sets its apart from other jazz-oriented saxophone groups that were active in the 1980s and/or '90s (such as the Rova Saxophone Quartet

Overview

The Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra isn't really an orchestra, but rather, a saxophone sextet that sometimes adds acoustic bass, drums, or percussion. The thing that makes the group unique and sets its apart from other jazz-oriented saxophone groups that were active in the 1980s and/or '90s (such as the Rova Saxophone Quartet, the World Saxophone Quartet, the Swedish Sax Septet, and the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet) is the fact that it has employed all of the instruments in the saxophone family--not only the alto, tenor, soprano, and baritone saxes, but also, the bass, sopranino, and contrabass saxes. (The contrabass, a huge instrument that is over six and one-half feet tall, is especially rare). One hears all seven of those instruments on Fathom This, a collection that spans 1986-1999 and includes material from Whales' first five albums along with a few new recordings. This CD is quite unpredictable--the material ranges from Earl Hagen's haunting "Harlem Nocturne" and a Duke Ellington medley to South African post-bopper Abdullah Ibrahim's "Kramat" and Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra." A portion of the proceeds from Fathom This were to be donated to the American Oceans Campaign (AOC), an environmentalist organization that was co-founded by actor Ted Danson. For those who've never experienced the pleasures of this quirky, chance-taking group, Fathom This would the best and most logical starting point.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/1999
Label:
Whaleco Records
UPC:
0732579010523
catalogNumber:
105
Rank:
239489

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Performance Credits

Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra   Primary Artist
Ashwin Batish   Tabla
Edgardo Cambon   Conga
Rach Cztar   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Sopranino,Soloist
Jordy Fraser   Alto Saxophone
Larry Grenadier   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Vince Lateano   Drums
Dale Mills   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Victor Morosco   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Sopranino,Soloist
John Shifflett   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Mark Sowlakis   Soprano Saxophone
Michael Spiro   Chekere,cowbell,Guiro
Art Springs   Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Don Stevens   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Contrabass Saxophone
Kristen Strom   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Bill Trimble   Bass Saxophone
Dale Wolford   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Paul van Wageningen   Drums
Jim Kassis   Drums,Marimbas
Kevin Stewart   Baritone Saxophone
John Davis   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Kelley Hart-Jenkins   Soprano Saxophone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Ashwin Batish   Arranger
Lennie Niehaus   Arranger
Fred Catero   Engineer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Bud Green   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
John Newton   Composer
Art Springs   Arranger
Don Stevens   Arranger,Producer
Bobby Van Eps   Arranger

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