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Transcension' - Saxophone Works by Albaugh, Berio, Eckardt et al. / J. Adam Briggs, alto saxophone

Album Summary

>Albaugh, Michael : Transcension, for alto saxophone
>Albright, William : Sonata for alto saxophone & piano
>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Sequenza IXb, for alto saxophone
>Lennon, John Anthony : Distances within Me for saxophone & piano
>Word, Spoken : Introduction
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Saxophonist J. Adam Briggs presents his solo debut recording "Transcension" with powerful performances of works by Michael Albaugh, William Albright, Luciano Berio and John Anthony Lennon. What makes this release unique is that Mr. Briggs includes a second CD with his insightful commentary on artistic and emotional qualities of the music, as well as performance practices and challenges.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
The presentation begins with Transcension (1997), a single-movement unaccompanied work by composer-educator Michael Albaugh, known for his work as Director of Music at Interlochen as well as his current position, Director of Education at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Berio Sequenza XI (1980), originally for solo clarinet, follows the Albright, and an early work by Emory University composition professor John Anthony Lennon titled Distances Within Me (1979) concludes the concert. The effort is solid. Briggs boasts excellent fingers, exquisite soft playing, and a varied color palette. Okada offers fine touch and keen and sensitive musicianship. Together, they craft many fine moments, and saxophone fans will appreciate music of the not too distant past that has now entered the repertoire. Still the disc has value to people looking into this corner of the literature.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (01/03/2012-01/05/2012); Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (05/2012); Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (06/26/2012).



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Works Details

>Albaugh, Michael : Transcension, for alto saxophone
  • Performer: J. Briggs (Saxophone)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (01/03/2012-01/05/2012); Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (05/02/2012); Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (07/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Albright, William : Sonata for alto saxophone & piano
  • Performers: J. Briggs (Saxophone); Jun Okada (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (01/03/2012-01/05/2012); Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (05/02/2012); Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (07/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Sequenza IXb, for alto saxophone
  • Performer: J. Briggs (Saxophone)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (01/03/2012-01/05/2012); Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (05/02/2012); Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (07/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1981

>Lennon, John Anthony : Distances within Me for saxophone & piano
  • Performers: J. Briggs (Saxophone); Jun Okada (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (01/03/2012-01/05/2012); Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (05/02/2012); Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (07/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979

>Word, Spoken : Introduction
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (01/03/2012-01/05/2012); Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (05/02/2012); Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (07/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Albaugh, Michael : Transcension, for alto saxophone
  • Performers: J. Briggs (Saxophone); Jun Okada (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (01/03/2012-01/05/2012); Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (05/02/2012); Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (07/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Albright, William : Sonata for alto saxophone & piano
  • Performers: J. Briggs (Saxophone); Jun Okada (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (01/03/2012-01/05/2012); Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (05/02/2012); Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (07/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Sequenza IXb, for alto saxophone
  • Performer: J. Briggs (Saxophone)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (01/03/2012-01/05/2012); Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (05/02/2012); Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (07/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1981

>Lennon, John Anthony : Distances within Me for saxophone & piano
  • Performers: J. Briggs (Saxophone); Jun Okada (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (01/03/2012-01/05/2012); Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (05/02/2012); Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (07/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979