World Saxophone Quartet: I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart


I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart


World Saxophone Quartet


World Saxophone Quartet Plays Duke Ellington (Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch 9 79137-2)

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Julius Hemphill (alto sax), Oliver Lake (alto sax), David Murray (tenor sax), Hamiet Bluiett (baritone sax).

Recorded: New York, NY; April 1986


Rating: 81/100 (learn more)

The W.S.Q. signed with the prestigious Elektra/Nonesuch label in 1986, and shifted their repertoire somewhat, too, conceiving of albums more thematically, as the major label debut Plays Duke Ellington suggests. Lake’s arrangement of “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart” is a stormy abstraction, a skirl of croaked and screeching riffs with a conflicted relation to the source material. When the familiar melody finally emerges, it as though from a period of gestation. Despite the edgy playing, the production is markedly roomy and lush—this contributes to the uncanny, overcast quality but is a notable departure from the bright, punchy Black Saint recordings, which better capture the group’s interaction

Reviewer: Joe Petrucelli

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