Sam Newsome | Blue Soliloquy

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Blue Soliloquy

by Sam Newsome

Chosen as one the "Best CDs of 2010" by All About Jazz-New York, this innovative solo saxophone CD takes the soprano to heights--expanding the instrument's sonic terrain. It also received the 5 star (Masterpiece) rating by Downbeat Magazine.
Genre: Jazz: Avant-Garde Jazz
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1. Blues For Robert Johnson
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2. Blue Mongolia
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3. Blue Swagger
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4. 24 Tones
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5. Blue Beijing
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6. Mandela's Blue Mbira
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7. Blue Safari
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8. Throat-Singing Blues
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9. Blue Lacy Coleman
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10. Blue Pulpit
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11. Blue Doppler Effect
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12. Blue Sunday
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13. Blue Bamboo
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14. Blue Hum Of The Holy Breath
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15. Blue Monk
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The fifteen eclectic pieces on this CD, BLUE SOLILOQUY, not only explore the many sonic possibilities of the soprano, they also take listeners on a blues-inspired, cross-cultural journey from West Africa to the Far East, from Western Europe to the jazz clubs of New York, then all the way down south to the Mississippi Delta.

This project is a follow up to my 2007 solo saxophone release Monk Abstractions. Whereas Monk Abstractions was about using Thelonious Monk's music to showcase my discoveries of sounds and textures on the soprano, this CD, however, follows the same concept, now with the blues being at its core.

Many people see playing solo saxophone as some type of novelty, but I take it much more seriously. I see it as one of the least developed formats in jazz, worthy of further study and exploration--the body of solo work of Lacy and Braxton being the exception. I foresee a day of when solo saxophone will as viable a format as solo piano. I want people to see this CD not just as a virtuosic display of extended techniques, but as the second installment of a body of work that I plan to record in which I hope will shine a new light on the possibilities of the soprano and on the concept of solo saxophone."



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Bill Harrington

Hell's Yeah
I don't even have to hear it to know it's gonna great. I've got three other cds of his and love them all. What are you waiting for? Buy this thing.

Chris at CD Baby

Editors Pick
Any unaccompanied, solo-saxophone album is going to draw some attention to itself, but thankfully Sam Newsome keeps your ear interested with his skillful use of dynamics, extended techniques, and his bold experimentation with time, tension, and resolution.