This album is inspired by my late friend and mentor Paul Brodie and, hopefully, reflects his love of the singing nature of the saxophone. Most of the arrangements have come from his collections and those of his teacher Larry Teal.
Willem Moolenbeek has performed across Canada as soloist with orchestras and bands, in recital and pop groups. The beauty of his tone has been described by one reviewer as “setting a standard for tonal elegance in the world of reed playing”.
As a proponent of new works for his instrument he has premiered and recorded works by many Canadian composers. He teaches saxophone at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and is an artist/clinician for Jupiter Instruments.
Boyd McDonald studied piano with Lyell Gustin and composition with
Murray Adaskin and Nadia Boulanger. After he gave his New York debut as
winner of the Leschetizky Debut Prize he toured extensively in Europe
and North America as a member of the Beckett and McDonald Piano Duo.
He has performed as soloist with orchestras and in recital across Canada, England, Europe and the USA.