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Groove Machine - Works for saxophone quartet by Mellits, Williams, Escaich, Gross, Barrios / h2 Quartet

Audio Samples

>Mellits, Marc : Revolution, for 4 saxophones
>Williams, Amy : Univocity, for 4 saxophones
>Escaich, Thierry : Tango Virtuoso, for ensemble
>Gross, Murray : The Wild, Wild West, for 4 saxophones
>Barrios, Victor Marquez : Saxteto, for 4 saxophones
>Markeas, Alexandros : Engrenages, for 4 saxophones
>Unspecified : [Unspecified Track]

Album Summary

>Mellits, Marc : Revolution, for 4 saxophones
>Williams, Amy : Univocity, for 4 saxophones
>Escaich, Thierry : Tango Virtuoso, for ensemble
>Gross, Murray : The Wild, Wild West, for 4 saxophones
>Barrios, Victor Marquez : Saxteto, for 4 saxophones
>Markeas, Alexandros : Engrenages, for 4 saxophones
>Unspecified : [Unspecified Track]
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The saxophone is an instrument that firmly established the concept of groove in jazz and popular music in the twentieth century. With the collection of works on the aptly titled Groove Machine, the h2 quartet adopts that aesthetic, showing that it is alive and well in the postmodern art music of today. Groove Machine moves ably from rock-influenced power chords to mid-century modernism to Latin and American folk music flavors. The strength of this ensemble lies in its ability to present contemporary works that are both challenging and provocative, yet remain highly appealing to a wide audience - Groove Machine is a whirlwind from start to finish.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
The quartet also knows how to have fun. The fourth movement of the Barrios is wonderfully spontaneous; and in the Markeas, the group playfully spars with Kvitko, who shows off his effortless technique and musicianship. And if the listener is still unconvinced, the unmarked bonus track at the end should erase all doubt.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom.



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Works Details

>Mellits, Marc : Revolution, for 4 saxophones
  • Ensemble: H2 Quartet
  • Running Time: 12 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2004

>Williams, Amy : Univocity, for 4 saxophones
  • Ensemble: H2 Quartet
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2009

>Escaich, Thierry : Tango Virtuoso, for ensemble
  • Ensemble: H2 Quartet
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gross, Murray : The Wild, Wild West, for 4 saxophones
  • Ensemble: H2 Quartet
  • Running Time: 8 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2008

>Victor Márquez Barrios : Saxteto, for 4 saxophones
  • Ensemble: H2 Quartet
  • Running Time: 15 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2007

>Markeas, Alexandros : Engrenages, for 4 saxophones
  • Performer: Sergei Kvitko (Piano)
  • Ensemble: H2 Quartet
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2006

>Unspecified : [Unspecified Track]
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.