Tag Archives: saxophone

November 28

New Recording — Castile Rose

Today I’m releasing a new work that I’ve written for soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, vibraphone, marimba, piano, and drums called Castile Rose. A work of unrelenting optimism, Castile Rose is loosely inspired by John Steinbeck’s novella, Tortilla Flat, where Danny and the paisanos pass many an afternoon on Danny’s porch, under the castile rose bush. […]

September 05

Complexity in the Simplest of Things – Bach Cello Suites

I’ve been playing through the Bach Cello Suites this week, which is always rewarding. These seemingly simple lines are surprisingly difficult to play with clarity and direction. (As you’ll hear below!) I’ve been listening to the Pablo Casals recordings from the 1930’s, which are quite amazing. I swear there are some parts where he swings. […]

August 29

Homage to Philip Glass

This week I’ve been working on an adaptation of a solo violin piece by NYC composer, Jeremiah Bornfield, called Homage to Philip Glass. I’ve been looking for some new solo pieces that are a bit quirky and off the beaten path since live performance is still technically illegal due to the pandemic. It still seems unsafe […]

May 16

One Final Trio Gig

One more for old time sake… Tonight, the Eddy/Meyer Trio will give its last performance at 8pm EST via live stream before I head to England in a couple of weeks. Add Jake Eddy or myself on FB to see the stream. It will also be available on Reddit. This group started two years ago, […]

April 18

Goa Variations official release

I’m very pleased to announce that today is the official release of my album, “Goa Variations.” It’s a bit weird to announce a release on a Saturday but given the circumstances, It’s not like anyone has anywhere else to be! This music is my own blend of psychedelic minimalism and I hope you’ll give it […]

April 06

Recording Hindemith

As the current coronavirus pandemic has forced us all into isolation, I’ve taken on the challenge of recording both parts of Paul Hindemith’s  Konzertstück für zwei Altsaxophone. I must say that I’m late in coming to Hindemith’s music. To my own detriment, I’ve somewhat consciously avoided his music over the years. Hindemith’s music has always seemed […]

April 05

Getz Variations — Dexter Morrill

Recently I’ve been working on a very interesting piece for tenor saxophone and fixed media by Dexter Morrill called “Getz Variations.” The piece was written for Stan Getz in 1984 and features samples of Stan himself playing in the audio track. The score has very little notated lines for the saxophonist to play, and instead […]

April 02

Goa Variations I

Those who know me personally know that I have a deep affinity for the music of Terry Riley, particularly his early compositions where he’s playing saxophone and/or keyboards. (Reed Streams, Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band, Shri Camel, Rainbow in Curved Air, Descending Moonshine Dervishes, etc.) Just today I’ve finished the first in a series […]

March 09

Stan Getz Transcription – Yardbird Suite

Click the link below for a .pdf of my transcription of Stan Getz playing Yardbird Suite live at the Haig Club, Los Angeles in 1953 with Chet Baker. This tune appears on the album “West Coast Live.” Stan Getz Yardbird Suite – Tenor Saxophone – 2020-01-15 1324_1

March 07

Serial and Tonal Elements in Richard Rodney Bennett’s Concerto for Stan Getz

As a student of Pierre Boulez and a frequent visitor to the Darmstadt summer courses, it is not surprising that Richard Rodney Bennett’s music contains elements of serialism and other modernist techniques. What is unusual in the Concerto for Stan Getz, is that Bennett’s love of jazz and improvisation leads him to utilize elements of […]