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World Saxophone Quartet

World Saxophone Quartet - band/ensemble

Originally consisting of saxophonists David Murray, Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake and Hamiet Bluiett, the World Saxophone Quartet is one of the finest and most unusual small combos in jazz today. The Quartet began performing as a unit in 1976, inspired by Ed Jordan, head of Music at New Orleans Southern University. Jordan had heard the saxophonists in their individual groups, and hired them to do a show together. “We liked it, and started doing gigs at other colleges,” remembers David Murray. Although three of the original members, Hemphill, Lake and Bluiett, knew each other from St.Louis, it was not until this event that they decided to create a group consisting only of four saxophones. Since then, the group has recorded many albums together, including the critically-acclaimed “Plays Duke Ellington” (Nonesuch), which was voted one of the best albums of 1986 in New York Times. Describing the group as “probably the most protean and exciting new jazz band of the 1980s”, Jon Pareles of the Times called the WSQ “the most original and important group to emerge since Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane redefined group improvisation in the late 1950s.”

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Albums

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Yes We Can
Hoob Jazz
2010
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Political Blues
Political Blues
Justin Time Records
2007
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Political Blues
Political Blues
Justin Time Records
2006
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Experience
Experience
Justin Time Records
2005
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Experience
Experience
Justin Time Records
2004
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Steppenwolf
Steppenwolf
Justin Time Records
2002
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Videos

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