We Don't Need No Stinkin' Rhythm Section

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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
Featuring jazz interspersed with a variety of rhythms from classical, rock, Latin, marches, and the blues, this album captures the University of Kentucky Mega-Sax Quartet both in live performance before a very appreciative audience and in the studio. The group has more than four members, with never more than four on stage or before the microphone at any one time. The players are readily interchangeable. The title of the album comes from Conte Candoli, who after hearing the group asserted that "it don't need no stinkin' rhythm section." With mentor, University of Kentucky jazz studies director, and altoist Miles Osland showing up on a few tracks, this quartet of student sax ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
Featuring jazz interspersed with a variety of rhythms from classical, rock, Latin, marches, and the blues, this album captures the University of Kentucky Mega-Sax Quartet both in live performance before a very appreciative audience and in the studio. The group has more than four members, with never more than four on stage or before the microphone at any one time. The players are readily interchangeable. The title of the album comes from Conte Candoli, who after hearing the group asserted that "it don't need no stinkin' rhythm section." With mentor, University of Kentucky jazz studies director, and altoist Miles Osland showing up on a few tracks, this quartet of student sax players is a significant rival to other similar groups like the World Saxophone Quartet, 29th Street Saxophone Quartet, and New York Saxophone Quartet. Too often university ensembles, while skilled technically, are unable to bring that "jazz feeling" to their performances because of their lack of experience. Not so in this case. That feeling is apparent both in individual solo work and in the ensemble playing. Baritone saxophone player Joshua Fedele gets nasty and funky on "Full English Breakfast." Bryan Murray's tenor dominates on a boisterous rendition of "The Nasty," written by Ed Jackson about and for the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet. Murray is joined by John Richardson's baritone for some stirring a capella sax work. The ensemble work is especially tight on a rock-driven "Folly." This tune was written by Mike Mower -- who is responsible for most of the music on this CD -- for his group Itchy Fingers. Larry Nelson's soprano gets most of the solo room here. The remaining tracks are also chocked full of attractive surprises and demonstrate that, with lavish application of imagination and talent, a CD devoted entirely to a single instrument can avoid being boring and boorish. This is music to listen to, not to dance by. It is intricate and demanding, and challenges the performers and listeners alike. Like the performers, listeners may want to use more than a single listening session to work through all the tracks on this album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/1996
  • Label: Sea Breeze Vista
  • UPC: 017231451624
  • Catalog Number: 4516

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Yuppieville Rodeo (3:37)
  2. 2 Night in Olneyville (5:42)
  3. 3 Full English Breakfast (8:11)
  4. 4 Academicians (5:35)
  5. 5 It's Lovely Once You're In (5:05)
  6. 6 Monk-Tuno (3:53)
  7. 7 Crillon Controller (4:42)
  8. 8 Done Deal (8:09)
  9. 9 The Nasty (8:13)
  10. 10 Folly (4:38)
  11. 11 Mach Piece, No. 11 (7:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
University of Kentucky Mega-Sax Ensemble Primary Artist
Miles Osland Conductor, Alto Saxophone
Larry Nelson Alto Saxophone
John Richardson Baritone Saxophone
Joshua Fedele Baritone Saxophone
Michael Titlebaum Alto Saxophone
Bryan Murray Tenor Saxophone
Brian Watson Soprano Saxophone
Technical Credits
Miles Osland Producer, Contributor
Jim Odgren Arranger
Dan Moore Percussion Arrangement
Mike Mower Liner Notes
Scott Fuller Artwork
David Henderson Engineer
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