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Delta Saxohone Quartet

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01/11/2008 JOHN L WALTERS, THE GUARDIAN, UK

(****)
(The DSQ is) one of Europe's most distinguished new music ensembles...It's refreshing to hear such an intelligent reinvention...(the DSQ) gives Soft Machine’s pieces such as Mousetrap, Noisette and Floating World an emotional dimension which is quite different from the originals.

 

02/11/2007 STEVE LAKE, ECM RECORDS

“... quite sure this is one of the year's best albums. This group is in exceptional form: in tune at all kinds of levels, with each other, with their subject matter and literally - terrific ensemble intonation and purity of tone. They all sound very good (there's an especially touching quality to the character of Graeme Blevins's soprano) and they are convincing as both interpreters and improvisers in a set that is intelligently-produced and thought through. When the quartet want to, as on the strange "Outrageous Moon" (a simultaneous reading of both "Out-Bloody-Rageous" and "Moon in June") they can, between them, get very close even to the phrasing of Ratledge's organ figures. The Delta Sax Quartet has found a historical continuity in the music of the Soft Machine.

 

01/11/2007 BRUCE GALLANTER, DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY NEW YORK, USA

'There is too much wonderful music found here to mention it all and at one hour, it is consistently fascinating...The Delta Saxophone Quartet do an amazing job of illustrating the cosmic thread that runs through all of the great music that Soft Machine provided during their decade-long transformation''.

 

01/11/2007 PHIL JOHNSON, THE INDEPENDENT, UK

“Fierce, passional yet giddily lyrical evocation of the music of cult psychedlia/prog-jazz band Soft Machine... Mixing unapologetic experimentalism with yearning English pastoral, as Kentish as “A Canterbury Tale”.

 

01/11/2007 GLENN ASTARITA, JAZZREVIEW.COM, USA (CONTRIBUTOR TO DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE, ALL ABOUT JAZZ, RADIODIRECT X, E-JAZZNEWS)

"...this album will be a no-brainer type selection for the 2007 top-ten list. To paraphrase Bob Dylan, the ensemble sounds as though “they’re knocking on Heaven’s Door”, within the sum of the parts of this stunningly attractive program. Graeme Blevins’ lush soprano sax work could reduce a man to tears. A newly-found desert island disc, indeed..."

 

01/11/2007 THE GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE, UK

"DSQ is one of Britain's most dynamic contemporary music groups unveiling British premiers galore."

 

01/11/2007 BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE, UK

"Intense and energetic..."

 

01/11/2007 RADIO TASHKENT, UZBEKHISTAN

“Spectacular!"

 

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