Love For Sale
Though Valentine’s is past, you just can’t get away from it. Here, in addition to the title announcing yet another variation on that most important of musical elements, the real thing is the energy. Energy that introduces itself and establishes its soulful ground and proceeds to take the listener on a ride that cruises and begins to build to the loops and swerves and dives that evolve from that sweet old melody. The different voices of the horns are blending and harmonizing, revealing a powerful dynamic force. The quartet is an engine, fine-tuned and wailing. Someone takes off and soars from the pack for a solo. My blood pressure rises along with the tempo. My feet are tapping, my head is nodding and shaking, and I can’t believe what I’m hearing. Can this musical world be so big? So wide? So exciting? The tune reaches a certain point that brings about a explosion of joy that I just can’t keep inside and I cry out. I’ve got to turn this up.
The 29th Street Saxophone Quartet formed in 1982 with Jim Hartog, baritone sax, and Rich Rothenberg on tenor. Bobby Watson and Ed Jackson both on alto, joined soon after and the group toured through the 90s, releasing seven albums. These guys play everything – bop, classic jazz, show tune, and experimental wildness. Their sound is precise, soulful, energetic, and cohesive. They are here to open ears and expand minds. Did I say they wail? They’re sweet, too.