Fathom This: A Retrospective

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/1999
  • Label: Whaleco Records
  • UPC: 732579010523
  • Catalog Number: 105
  • Sales rank: 201,216

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
Paul Stubblebine Mastering
Bobby Van Eps Arranger
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