James Steele | Saxophone in the Sanctuary

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Saxophone in the Sanctuary

by James Steele

You might not believe your ears at first - this is a saxophone? It is so silky, so smooth, so controlled and friendly. And with the genius of Kurt Kaiser at the piano, it could be addictive.
Genre: Classical: Bach
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1. Come Down, O Love Divine
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2. En Priere
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3. Vocalise
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4. The Lord's My Shepherd
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5. Jesus We Want to Meet
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6. Talk About A Child
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7. Come Christians, Join to Sing
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8. There Is A Balm in Gilead
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9. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
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10. No Greater Joy
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11. Sheep May Safely Graze
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12. Thou Hidden Source
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13. Pathetique
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14. I Love Thee
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15. Going Home
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16. Shepherd
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17. The Way of the Cross Leads Home
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18. Aria
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Album Notes
“A person not familiar with the saxophone may wonder if it belongs in the sanctuary. Well, it does! First of all, do away with all of your preconceived notions regarding how a saxophone sounds. When James Steele plays the saxophone, he plays with a beautifully controlled tone with impeccable tuning and nicely controlled vibrato.

James Steele is a member of WSaxQ, a saxophone quartet located in the Washington DC area. Several years ago James sent me two compact discs. Their playing moved me to tears when I heard the artful sound they produced, and from that experience came a friendship that has culminated in this lovely CD.

You will enjoy and be moved by this recording.” – Kurt Kaiser

(Eighteen selections for saxophone and piano)


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Saxophone Journal

Recommended Recordings
Sept/Oct. 2008 Issue - Paul Wagner, Reviewer:

James Steele’s Saxophone In The Sanctuary presents the saxophone performing religious sacred music with pianist Kurt Kaiser. James Steele attended the University of Minnesota before entering the U.S. Army as a member of the U.S. Army Band in Washington, D.C. Later he joined the Washington Saxophone Quartet, who has been heard daily throughout the United States on National Public Radio’s broadcasts of All Things Considered.

James Steele has a passion for religious music and is always on the lookout for new material for the saxophone, whether it is a solo, accompanied, quartet or an ensemble. His only criteria is the music has to be high quality and devotional in character. Not to limit himself to just playing the saxophone his other job involves designing residential projects with a firm he runs called Strategic Performance, LLC. He holds both a Master of music and a Master of Business Administration.

On this CD he is accompanied by pianist Kurt Kaiser who studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Kaiser subsequently earned two degrees from Northwestern University and has more than two-hundred copyrighted songs to his name. In 1982 he was awarded a special Lifetime Achievement award from ASCAP for his contributions to the Christian Music Industry. In 2001 he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He and his wife reside in Waco, Texas where they have lived since 1959.
From the very first notes heard on this CD one will recognize a special musical bond between this duo.

James Steele has a beautiful and supple saxophone sound with a vibrato that is tastefully applied to each varying musical selection. There is also a feeling of joyous musical celebration that comes through to a listener. In total there are eighteen selections on the CD. The opening selection, Come Down, O Love Divine is arranged by the pianist Kurt Kaiser. There is a gentle feeling of soothing that emanates from this tune, which sets the tone for the whole CD. Track three is Rachmaniov’s Vocalise then on to The Lord Is My Shepherd. The calm mood continues with Jesus, We Want To Meet, and a very emotionally moving piece titled Talk About A Child. Other selections are Come Christian, Join To Sing, There Is
A Balm In Gilead, O Sacred Head Now Wounded, No Greater Joy, Thou Hidden Source, Pathetique, Going Home, Sheperd, The Way Of The Cross Leads Home, and the closer is Bozza’s Aria.

Together Steele and Kaiser have created beautiful aural -images that the listener will not forget. This entire CD is an outcry from the heart with each selection going far beyond the mere notes and the paper they were printed on. There are no breath taking virtuoso gymnastics, there is simply beautiful
music. Among the well known composers on the recording are Fauré, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Beethoven, Debussy, and Bach. James Steele’s equipment is a Buffet Prestige saxophone. He uses a Buffet C•2 Mouthpiece with Vandoren #2 reeds. §
-- Paul Wagner, Recommended Recordings, Saxophone Journal, Sept/Oct, 2008


Buy with confidence!
This has become one of my favourite CDs.I love the purity and tone of
the saxophone with a sensitive piano accompaniment. It has inspired me in my own
playing. I don't think you will regret purchasing this one! It is stunning!

James M. Rees

Saxophone in the Sanctuary
The true music lover's treasure. Sensitive. Pure, clear, honed artistry. Musically impeccable. Satisfies the musically hungry. Promp[t]s me to worship my "Abba Father," the Designer of all beauty, by using this specially refined, artistic language of the soul.

Even if you do not like saxophone, you'll love this! At times, the pure tone leaves me wondering if I am hearing flute, viola or what? It is THAT GOOD! Tonal excellence with unhurried interpretation that milks the piece for all its worth.

Three aspects make musical excellence: interpretation, interpretation, interpretation. This instrumental saxophone/piano combination of James Steele/Kurt Kaiser has achieved all three. The listening carefully only leaves me thirsting for more. Guaranteed satisfaction to any true lover of musical excellence.

Jim Rees

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Bob Wagner

It is wonderful!!
Here is my honest, unbiased opinion of this CD: It is wonderful!!
I have never been a fan, or lover, of anything saxophone, and one day I was put on a musical ministry team with a trumpet player and a baritone saxophone. I played trombone, and we were a trio used to help promote the camp ministry were I was employed. I grew to like the sax because it was played in a conservative, un-sensual style and gave us a unique sound, but still I was not a big fan of the instrument.
Since then, my daughter has become hopelessly in love with a young man who loves the sax and grew up playing it. They plan on marrying next year and be missionaries to Eastern Europe for the Lord Jesus Christ.
I was looking for a Christmas gift for Ben, the sax player, and came across your album on the web. I know Kurt Kaiser, and have several of his more conservative albums, so I was intrigued, but I had never heard of you!
Thanks, so much for performing this in a "sacred" fashion and style that does not get in the way of the message of the songs and hymns. It is full of life and energy without being "worldly". It is refreshing and uplifting - it is edifying to my soul! It draws me to Christ. Thank you! Please do more - I will buy!

Bob Wagner
Phil. 3:10