Takin' It 2 the Next Level

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
It is obvious from the first notes that this is a very different outing by the World Saxophone Quartet -- the band is backed by a rhythm section. The playing of keyboardist Donald Blackman, bassist Calvin Jones and drummer Ronnie Burrage actually adds to the music rather than taking away from the core band, for their funky rhythms are fairly unpredictable and adventurous in their own way. The WSQ which at the time consisted of David Murray on tenor and bass clarinet, baritonist Hamiet Bluiett, altoist Oliver Lake and John Purcell on saxello and tenor sounds inspired by the "new" setting, and their playing is as adventurous as ever. Mostly sticking to group originals, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
It is obvious from the first notes that this is a very different outing by the World Saxophone Quartet -- the band is backed by a rhythm section. The playing of keyboardist Donald Blackman, bassist Calvin Jones and drummer Ronnie Burrage actually adds to the music rather than taking away from the core band, for their funky rhythms are fairly unpredictable and adventurous in their own way. The WSQ which at the time consisted of David Murray on tenor and bass clarinet, baritonist Hamiet Bluiett, altoist Oliver Lake and John Purcell on saxello and tenor sounds inspired by the "new" setting, and their playing is as adventurous as ever. Mostly sticking to group originals, the expanded band explores many moods on such numbers as "Wiring," "Rio," "The Desegregation of Our Children" and "When Thee Monarchs Come to Town."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/1997
  • Label: Justin Time Records
  • UPC: 068944009329
  • Catalog Number: 93
  • Sales rank: 354,981

Album Credits

Performance Credits
World Saxophone Quartet Primary Artist
Hamiet Bluiett Baritone Saxophone
Oliver Lake Alto Saxophone
John Purcell Tenor Saxophone, Saxello
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Don Blackman Piano, Keyboards
Ronnie Burrage Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Tambourine, Tom-Tom, Vocals, Tamboura, Bells, Shekere
Technical Credits
Hamiet Bluiett Executive Producer
John Purcell Producer
Ronnie Burrage Producer, Contributor
Phil Goodbody Engineer
Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones Liner Notes
Bill Kipper Mastering
Ian Terry Mastering
Jim West Executive Producer
Antonio Underwood Arranger
Antonio Underwood Composer
Donald Blackman Composer
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