Whereas four saxophones as a quartet can present a welter of sounds rich
and smooth to percussive and brittle, there is, naturally, a tonal quality
fundamental to this family. Your interest in this collection depends on
your willingness to accept this sound wholeheartedly when carols are really
to be sung. The preparation for this project has brought a group of arrangers
in to provide new treatments, several of which are ideal for their new medium.
There are some you will love and some you will not. My favourite, quite
by chance, is a transcription of Bach's early chorale prelude on In dulci
jubilo [listen -- track 17, 0:18-1:06]. Organ
to sax? Surprising is the effectiveness of a saxophone quartet.
The sax smooth and quiet is of a creamy quality, much heard on these
tracks. But let it loose in excitement and you are just as likely to be
chased by a pack of yelping hounds [listen -- track
15, 2:47-3:40]. Everything depends on an arranger's ambitions with happy
Christmas tunes. At the very least you have variety, but not in overall
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