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Delta Saxophone Quartet: Bowie, Berlin & Beyond (FMR)

The UK's Delta Saxophone Quartet of Chris Caldwell, Peter Whyman, Graeme Blevins and Tim Holmes, known for their interpretations of compositional and popular music, take on the music of David Bowie, particularly focused on his Berlin years, and also connected pieces from Brian Eno's ambient output, and Brecht's "Alabama Song" in reference to Bowie's "Baal" album.

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UPC: 748079797000

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: 473-0418
Squidco Product Code: 25304

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at on October 19th and 31st, 2017, by Nick Pugh.


Peter Whyman-alto saxophone, clarinet

Chris Caldwell-baritone saxophone, bass clarinet

Graeme Blevins-sopranino saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet

Tim Holmes-tenor saxophone, clarinet

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Artist Biographies:

"Peter Whyman is a highly regarded international soloist and has, as a consequence, performed at most of the worlds greatest concert halls. These include: the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Les Halles, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Köln Philharmonie, Lincoln Centre and the Royal Festival Hall.

He is widely regarded as one of the foremost saxophonists of his generation.

Peter studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Yona Etlinger, Anthony Pay and Tony Coe. After graduating, he began working with Mike Westbrook OBE, an association that has resulted in 20 albums and continues to this day.

Peter is also a member of Between the Notes, Steve Martland Band, Delta Saxophone Quartet, The Barry Adamson Experience, and Huw Warren Octet, among many others.

His musical world is extremely eclectic, and while he has played with the Philharmonia the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Lontano, Music Projects London, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Terry Riley, Dawn Upshaw and as the clarinet soloist under Leonard Bernstein in his Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, he has also recorded with the likes of Pulp, Spiritualised, Elvis Costello, Maximo Park, Damon Albarn, Everything But The Girl, Magazine and Radiohead. On the other hand, he has also played at all the major jazz festivals in Europe."

-Delta Saxophone Quartet Website (

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"Chris graduated from the Guildhall School Of Music & Drama in 1986 having studied with Stephen Trier. As a performer he's been involved with some of Britain's leading contemporary composers and ensembles including The Mike Westbrook Orchestra, BCMG, Steve Martland Band, London Saxophonic, Michael Nyman Band and The Delta Saxophone Quartet.

Chris has also performed with many of the UK's leading orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, CBSO, Royal Opera House, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia. He has worked in the West End for the last fifteen years playing in many productions including Les Miserables, Cats, Chicago, Follies, City Of Angels, Guys and Dolls and La Cage aux Folles.

His commercial work has seen International tours with the London Concert Orchestra (Anton & Erin from Strictly Come Dancing), Shirley Bassey Orchestra in Russia, Lebanon, Turkey, Cairo and the UK plus tours of Asia, Japan and Europe with the Michael Nyman Band, Grahamophones, and for a variety of theatre groups.

Since 2009, Chris has been exploring and developing a new area of improvisations and compositions with Susie Hodder-Williams, inspired by the natural history of Dartmoor. The Mariner's Way CD is the first result of this fruitful partnership which was launched at the Greenaway Barn Gallery as part of the Devon Open Studios. In 2010, he set up a performance series, in Devon, called Music on the Edge which has found its first home in the engaging Long Room, Drewsteignton."

-Delta Saxophone Quartet Website (

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"London based Saxophonist/Music Producer, Graeme Blevins loves good music of all styles, forging a career that involves performance and recording at the highest levels of Jazz, pop, and classical music.

Whether it's performing with Kylie Minogue in front of thousands of people, or under his own name a small Jazz club, Graeme has quickly established himself as one of the most electrifying performers in Europe.

Born in Western Australia, Graeme studied at the West Australian Conservatorium of music, keeping busy with both jazz and classical disciplines, graduating with the Wylie Scholarship for "Most Outstanding Graduate".After a brief sabbatical in New York, studying with Chris Potter and Seamus Blake, Graeme relocated to London to enjoy a larger music scene.

The last few years have seen Graeme complete a 2 year World Tour with Kylie Minogue including the recording of a live album ("Live in New York") and a DVD at the O2 Arena in London. He recorded and toured Phil Collins' most recent album "Going Back" which also featured a DVD recording in New York at the "Roseland" Ballroom.All the while juggling the heavy touring schedule with the "Kyle Eastwood Band"(Clint's bass playing son), with whom he has recorded and performed with since 2006. Graeme featured in 2, "Double Tenor" gigs, featured alongside New York Heavyweights, Mark Turner and Joel Frahm.

Graeme was a member of the "Delta Saxophone Quartet" from 2006-2008, with whom he recorded "Dedicated to you" in tribute to the "Soft Machine".

Other Artists Graeme has Performed or Recorded with include "Simply Red", "Metro Area", "Craig David", "Martha Reeves", "Charlie Hunter", "Guy Barker" "Manu Katche", "Dominic Miller" "Joey Negro", "Kelly Rowland", The "Royal Philharmonic Orchestra", "Till Bronner", "James Taylor Quartet", "Matt Bianco", Colin Towns, Bobby Watson, and many more."

-Delta Saxophone Quartet Website (

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"Tim Holmes is a very experienced musician and much sought after in the UK and abroad. His work sees him regularly playing and recording with all the major London and provincial orchestras and chamber music ensembles, including the LSO, RPO, Philharmonia, City of London Sinfonia, Lontano.

Tim has also worked extensively in London's West End theatres, in shows such as "Wonderful Town", "Carmen Jones", "Guys and Dolls", "Oklahoma", "Witches of Eastwick", and "The Producers".

Tim was a member of the jazz saxophone quartet "Itchy fingers" for a couple of years. He is currently a member of the Steve Martland Band, and the jazz quartet "Candytime". Tim was invited to join the Delta Saxophone quartet in April of 2006, which means that the Steve Martland Band saxophone section is now 3/4 of the DSQ!"

-Delta Saxphone Quartet Website (

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track listing:

1. Speed Of Life 4:09

2. Heroes 4:37

3. Breaking Glass 2:47

4. Hunky 0:59

5. Alabama Song 0:37

6. Art Decade 2:32

7. Dory 1:09

8. The Laughing Gnome 3:15

9. Warszawa 5:49

10. Shades III 2:25

11. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence 4:25

12. Swan 7:05

13. Music For Airports 5:38

14. Subterraneans 5:52
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"The music here explores and re-visits the period when Bowie experimented with the ambient world of Brian Eno, free improvisation, and the minimalist works of classical composer, Philip Glass."-Liner Notes

"Formed in 1984 at London's Guildhall School of Music by pupils of Stephen Trier, the group's original personnel comprised saxophonists Chris Caldwell, Steve Cottrell, Colin Smith and Pete Whyman. The group established a reputation for performing music by a wide range of challenging composers, including Louis Andriessen, Issie Barratt, Richard Rodney Bennett, Gavin Bryars, Joe Duddell, Paul Englishby, Sergio Lopez Figueroa, Morgan Fisher, Philip Glass, Stephen Goss, Michael Nyman, Steve Reich, Terry Riley and Mike Westbrook, as well as performing music associated with Soft Machine.

The Delta Saxophone Quartet has toured extensively in the UK and has also appeared overseas, including visits to Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, China, Taiwan, Russia and Uzbekistan. In the early 00s the group was Ensemble in Residence at London's Kingston University. Changes in personnel brought in Gareth Brady and Christian Forshaw while in the mid-00s the quartet still included Caldwell and Whyman and was completed by Graeme Blevins and Tim Holmes."-All Music

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