Horn Soliloquy: Mort Weiss & Sam Newsome
Newsome warms the horn up with his percussive flights, particularly in his original suite, where he tries to capture the rhythmic nature of Africa. He takes this approach to its logical (at least for not) maxima in the triptych of Coltrane's "Resolution," Ellington's "Caravan" and Newsome's own "FELA!" Newsome's alchemic combination of percussion and wind reveal a more organic base in the soprano saxophone that previous performers. It is difficult to believe this is the same instrument lesser saxophonists use to make zillions of dollars more. Newsome's feat is like the valedictory of an unawarded MacArthur Genius Award with the promise of at least one more volume to come.
Tracks and Personnel
Raising The Bar: The Definitive Mort Weiss
Track Listing: My Shining Hour; Smile; Tea For Two; Alfie; Sketches; Dear Old Stockholm; Everything Happens To Me; Without A Song; Blues For Håkan; Lunch In Navasota; Just Friends; What's New?; Love Is a Many Splendored Thing; As Time Goes By; It Could Happen To You; It Might As Well Be Spring; My Way.
Personnel: Mort Weiss: clarinet.
The Art of the Soprano, Vol. 1
Track Listing: The Ellington Medley: In a Mellow Tone; Soprano de Aficana: Burkino Faso; A Love Supreme: Acknowledgement; Soprano de Africana: Sub Saharan Dialogue; The Ellington Medley: In a Sentimental Mood; Soprano de Afriacana: Zulu Witch Doctor; A Love Supreme: Resolution; The Ellington Medley: Caravan; Soprano de Africana: Fela!; A Love Supreme: Pursuance; A Love Supreme: Psalm.
Personnel: Sam Newsome: soprano saxophone.