Urban Sax — Urban Sax à Jakarta
(AWA 95002, 1995, CD EP)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1996-03-01For those unfamiliar with Urban Sax, check out the reviews of their earlier albums in issue #5 for all the background information. This four-track mini-CD (eighteen minutes total) captures a live performance from 1995 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Featuring a somewhat trimmed-down (at least compared to earlier recordings) saxophone lineup of eight tenors, eight altos, four sopranos, three baritones and a bass — plus the choir and usual assortment of vibraphones and percussion, they are joined by the Karawtan Iromo Kumolo Jati eight piece gamelan orchestra (as well as the eight traditional dancers one has to imagine). The last three tracks comprise “Paduan Suara,” where the gamelan leads the way with the saxes and choir providing atmosphere and melodic textures. A truly unique cross-cultural musical experience, highly recommended.
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