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Delta Saxophone Quartet: Late Music (FMR)

Marking their 40th anniversary with this 8th album, London's lyrically sophisticated Delta Saxophone Quartet in varying sax configurations of Christian Forshaw, Graeme Blevins, Howard McGill, Kathryn McGuiness, Andy Tweed, Tim Holmes and Chris Caldwell, reflect on their history in a diverse set of pieces including covers of Joy Division, David Bowie, The Durutti Column, &c.

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Christian Forshaw-soprano saxophone

Chris Caldwell-soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone

Howard McGill-alto saxophone

Andy Tweed-alto saxophone

Graeme Blevins-alto saxophone

Tim Holmes-tenor saxophone

Frances Gregory-mezzo soprano

Sam Hodder-electronics, keyboards, electric bass, guitar

Paul Honey-Piano

Antonio Tarizzo-electric bass

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Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMR677
Squidco Product Code: 34273

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Tracks at Master Chord Studio, in North London, UK, on March 23rd, 2023, (2 and 8), and June 15th 2023 (tracks 3 to 7, 10, 17 and 18), by Ronan Phelan.

Tracks 12 to 16 recorded at Session Corner, in Shefford, UK, on December 6th, 2022, by Nick Pugh and Sam Hodder.

Tracks Tracks 9 and 11 recorded at Visconti Studio, in Kingston, London, on July 18th, 2023, by Ebby Acquah.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Late Music is the 8th album release by the Delta Saxophone Quartet and marks their 40th anniversary year.

Here the quartet embarks on an enchanting sonic audio journey traversing waymarkers, cul-de-sacs and crossroads mapped from four decades of creativity and exploration by one of Europe's best known contemporary music groups.

This music covers a diverse timeline of 18 tracks inspired by meteorological seasons, poets & snow, tidal forces, film, damascene delights, tearing love, lockdowns, concluded with a sip of Dutch courage post punk Haçienda!

This anniversary release reflects on both the past and the present with a looking glass glimpse into the future. Like all good parties, this travelogue wouldn't be complete until the mezzo soprano has spoken."-Delta Saxophone Quartet

Artist Biographies

"Christian Forshaw's distinctive sound as a saxophonist & composer/arranger has attracted a global audience. His recordings have been streamed millions of times and have received much critical acclaim.

To date he has recorded six solo albums which receive regular airplay throughout the world. He was featured by Decca as composer, arranger & performer with Voces8 on the albums Eventide & Lux. More recently his writing and playing was featured on When Sleep Comes, a collaboration with Nigel Short and Tenebrae.

Forshaw's music has been heard in a number of film and television scores, including the 20th Century Studios blockbuster The Last Duel directed by Ridley Scott, and A Song For Jenny for the BBC.

Christian has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as Brian Eno, Damon Albarn, Moondog, Hugh Jackman, The Divine Comedy, Michael Nyman Band, BBC Singers & the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. "

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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."

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Howard McGill: "He started playing the clarinet at age 7 followed shortly afterwards by the alto sax. Then came flute and piano. He played in a local show band run by Gordon Campbell, lead trombone with the BBC Big Band and at the age of 17 he was asked to join the newly formed NYJO II, run by Paul Eshelby, trumpet player with the BBC Big Band. By 19 he was playing lead alto with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra run by Bill Ashton where he remained for 6 years, performing annually at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, London. At 21 he won the BBC Don Lusher prize for best up and coming jazz musician in Britain.

He went to Jesus College Cambridge to read Engineering and also obtained a music scholarship for private lessons with Pete King (alto), Roy Jowitt (clarinet) and Anna Noakes (flute). Upon graduating with honours in engineering he decided to pursue a career in music. He studied jazz and studio music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with lessons in harmony and composition from Peter Churchill and Scott Stromann.

After NYJO he formed the Rhythmic Jazz Orchestra along the lines of the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra of New York, playing works by Thad Jones, Maria Schneider, Stan Sultzman and Steve Gray

He played in numerous West End Shows including Lionel BartÕs Oliver and Blitz and Andrew Lloyd WebberÕs Starlight Express, Sunset Boulevard and Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Damn Yankees, The Goodbye Girl, Soul Train, West Side Story, Annie and Beauty and the Beast.

He also worked the Summer months from 91 to 94 in a residency in Monte Carlo where he played with Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer, Shirley Bassey and Julia Migines.

He joined the BBC Big Band in 99 and played with Clark Terry, Ray Charles, Bobby Watson, Bud Shank, Pete Christlieb, Georgie Fame and Michel Legrand. He worked in the pop scene, touring extensively with Vanessa Mae, playing opposite Michael Jackson and for the Queen and Prince Charles. He also performed with the Spice Girls and Ben Folds 5.

He opened Station House Studios in 98 and was signed to Artemis music as a media composer. He produced the Go Solo improvisation series, the Associated Board Jazz Works, Take the Lead and Jazztastic series published by IMP, and an advert for Pet Plan Insurance. He also wrote and recorded various jazz projects.

As a session musician he is fluent in both jazz and classical styles playing Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxes; Clarinet and Bass Clarinet; Flute, Alto Flute and Piccolo; Wind Synth and Percussion."

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"I was born in 1963 the youngest of five and grew up in Northern Ireland through what are known as "The Toubles". I was lucky enough to get free clarinet lessons through the local Music Service and worked my way through their bands and orchestras, playing clarinet. I also had a old Selmer Pennsylvania tenor saxophone and I played both in local bands and school shows but I never really took that side of my music making seriously, I was much more interested in playing (rather poor it has to be said) electric guitar in a band with my mates. I am not proud of the fact that I was a poor scholar and I just managed to get the qualifictions to go to Polytechnic to start an engineering degree course; naturally it was a disaster and I left after two years.

I spent a summer thinking and decided that I would try to go to music college on clarinet, crazy though that sounded at the time and I started having lessons with Paul Schumann, 2nd Clarinet with the Ulster Orchestra. He must have been pretty incredulous at the first lesson when I told him my plan. But he did a great job and got me playing my audition pieces as well as could be expected in the seven months I had before the late auditions. I could only apply to Trinty College of Music, Royal Scottish and Birmingham School of Music. Birmingham made me an offer and I was happy to accept it so I worked on a building site for the next four month to buy a new pair of Selmer 10G clarinets and off I went..and basically never looked back.

Birimingham School of Music became Birmingham Conservatoire while I was there and I studied with Ruth McDowell (bass clarinet with the City of Birmimgham Symphony Orchestra at the time) for the first three years. I was still occasionally playing saxophone and Jan Steele the saxophone tutor at the time suggested I should have some lessons. I found that I had much more flair for the saxophone and swapped in my final year to first study saxophone. Jan got me to go busking with the saxophone quartet he had started with Nigel Wood - Saxtet and I finally joined the group full time when I left college.

Over the the next eighteen years I had some of my most memorable playing experiences and Saxtet became one the UK's leading saxophone groups performing all over UK, Europe, USA, Singapore, India and New Zealand with TV and Radio appearances.

I have also had a pretty decent freelance career and have performed with London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, Delta Saxophone Quartet, Flotilla (with Kyle Horch, Naomi Sullivan and Alistair Parnell) and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as well as jazz orchestras - the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Ed Leaker's Swing Machine, Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra and various Mike Westbrook projects.

For many years I have been a regular member of Michael Law's Piccadilly Dance Orchestra and I also regularly perform as a duo with accordionist (and wife) Karen Street.

Teaching is really important to me and I have been a tutor at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for over 20 years and I am consultant tutor at Wells Cathedral School one the UK's four specialist music schools for 11-18 year olds. I have given masterclasses, workshops and examined at Royal College of Music, Welsh College of Music & Drama, Leeds College of Music, Chetham's School of Music, Aldeburgh Young Musicians and various British Saxophone Congresses. Every summer I tutor on the European Youth Summer Music course.

For the last five years I have been a Yamaha Artist.

I have been married to Karen since 1993 and we have two children, both musicians - Jamie (trombone) and Zoë (horn)."

-Andy Tweed 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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"Praised for her "idiomatic and stylish singing" (The Telegraph) British mezzo-soprano Frances Gregory is a recent graduate of Royal Academy Opera. A newly appointed Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for the 2023-2025 seasons, she first appeared with the OAE in their acclaimed Bach: The Universe and Everything series this Autumn, with further performances planned in 2024. This season she makes her debut with the English Concert as Arnalta/Nutrice/Famigliare 1 in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Palau de la Musica, Barcelona and Auditorio Nacional, Madrid; with the Gabrieli Consort as alto soloist in Bach's B Minor Mass at the KKL Lucerne, and at The Grange Festival where she returns to Arnalta L'incoronazione di Poppea with La Nuova Musica/David Bates. Later in the summer she will appear at the Vache Baroque Festival. Further concert work for 2024 includes Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle, Dvořák Stabat Mater, Mozart Requiem, performances of Dido and Aeneas, and Handel Messiah.

She began the 22/23 season at Opera North as Apsara and La Messaggera (cover) in Orpheus, an innovative re-imagining of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, musically directed by Laurence Cummings and Jasdeep Singh Degun. Further engagements for 22/23 included Elgar's The Music Makers for Buxton Musical Society, Flosshilde (cover) in a new production of The Rhinegold for English National Opera, The Angel in Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius for the St Endellion Easter Festival and a critically acclaimed return to Longborough Festival Opera as La Messaggera and Proserpina L'Orfeo. She was also a semi-finalist in the 2023 International Handel Singing Competition.

Recently, she created the role of Laura in the world premiere of Tom Coult's Violet at the opening of the 2022 Aldeburgh Festival, with further performances at the Hackney Empire and Buxton International Festival. The production was a collaboration between Britten Pears Arts and Music Theatre Wales, in association with the Royal Opera, and was subsequently nominated for an Independent Opera and UK Achievement in Theatre award. Other recent roles include Nancy in Britten's Albert Herring for Clonter Opera and Claudio in Handel's Silla for Northern Opera Group/Leeds Opera Festival. Previously for MTW she covered and performed the mezzo-soprano role in Philip Venables' European premiere of Denis & Katya, a co-production with Opera Philadelphia.

During 20/21 she was a studio artist with the Opéra National de Lyon and an emerging artist at Longborough Festival Opera, where roles included Maman, La Tasse Chinoise, and La Libellule L'Enfant et les sortilèges and the Fox and Dog The Cunning Little Vixen. She is a former Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera where she covered and performed Flamel in Fantasio by Offenbach, and was one of Laurence Cummings' Handel House Talents for 19-21. For her performance as Sycorax in Jeremy Sams' pastiche The Enchanted Island with British Youth Opera in 2018, she was awarded the Dame Hilda Brackett Award from Sadler's Wells.

Further operatic performances comprise Minskwoman Flight, Juno Semele, Véronique Le Docteur Miracle, Laura Iolanta (all with Royal Academy Opera), Egeo Teseo (London Handel Festival), Idamante Idomeneo (2018 Amersham Festival of Music), and Hansel Hansel and Gretel, directed by Sarah Walker CBE. Chorus work includes the 2021 Glyndebourne Tour, 2017 Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and the 2016 Glyndebourne Festival.

Whilst studying she was a Karaviotis scholar, semi-finalist in the National Mozart Singing Competition, winner of the 2018 RAM Club Prize and the Tom Hammond Opera Prize, a RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach cantata soloist, and a member of the Academy's prestigious Song Circle. Prior to joining RAO she received a Distinction in her Masters from the RAM, as well as a DipRAM for an outstanding final recital. Notable engagements whilst studying included Bach's St. Matthew Passion conducted by Trevor Pinnock as part of the RAM Bach: the European series, her Cadogan Hall debut and her Wigmore Hall recital debut, promoting the Balladen of Carl Loewe, for Song Circle."

-Frances Gregory Website (

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"Sam Hodder is a producer and songwriter based in North London. He has worked with the likes of Family Stereo, Sally Dolphin and Dani Kobrin alongside releasing two albums, two EPs and several singles of solo material under his own name and as VOTEFORSAMMO. His production has been featured on BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio 5 Live and on Radio X among others and has seen coverage from publications such as Wonderland Magazine, Still Listening Magazine and Independent Clauses."

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"Paul Honey's musical career began as a chorister at Westminster Abbey, where he sang daily in the choir. He is a graduate of at Southampton University where he studied music history, composition and orchestration. Since graduating, he has enjoyed a highly varied musical life, working as a composer and arranger, performer, musical director and producer.

Early on in his career he worked primarily as a pianist and keyboard player. For some years he toured with the acclaimed Asian vocalist Najma Akhtar. The group toured worldwide, including many WOMAD festivals, performing as far afield as Australia, Japan, North America and Europe. However, in the last few years he has concentrated on working as a composer primarily for Film and TV as well as for the concert platform.

Paul has composed music for a wide variety of productions, including the quirky comedy of BBC1's Blandings, the BAFTA winning Old Jack's Boat (recorded with the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Nationals Orchestra of Wales), the BBC Natural History Unit's series Earth's Wildest Waters and the documentary feature The Atom: A Love Affair. He was nominated in 2023 for a Royal Television Society Award and a Music and Sound Award for his score for the documentary feature The People's Piazza: A History of Covent Garden.

Most recently, he has been working with the poet Gregory Warren Wilson on a series of works for voice together with various ensembles. The music includes Five Elements, a work in five movements for Cello and Chamber Choir, and three collections of songs; A Wing of Light, Four Dances and Songs of Ice and Snow, composed for Tenor and Piano, Baritone and Piano and Mezzo Soprano and Saxophone Quartet respectively. The music has been recorded for release in the near future and features the Locrian Singers with the cellist Justin Pearson, tenor James Gilchrist with pianist Anna Tilbrook, and mezzo soprano Frances Gregory with the Delta Saxophone Quartet. The music has received broadcasts both on BBC Radio 3 in the UK and NPO Klassiek in the Netherlands. Performances include A Wing of Light at the Dartington Festival and Songs of Ice and Snow at Late Music, York.

Other collaborations include a collection of orchestral arrangements of traditional Irish music, curated with the violinist Dermot Crehan. Premiered at St Martin in the Fields in London, an album of the music was recorded by the RTE Concert Orchestra."

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Antonio Tarizzo is a producer / Mix Engineer based in London, who's worked with Family Stereo, Iona, Faris Badwan, Olympia Vitalis, Michael Crean, Meyad and others.

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Track Listing:

1. Late Music 0:46

2. Amsterdam Lockdown 7:38

3. Compacted Grounds i 2:17

4. Compacted Grounds ii 2:57

5. Compacted Grounds iii 2:17

6. Damascene 0:32

7. Renaissance 6:48

8. Summer, Autumn, Winter 3:26

9. Intertidal Perspectives 6:03

10. Redux 0:17

11. Journey 6:11

12. Journey 3:00

13. Love Will Tear Us Apart 2:35

14. Digital 2:05

15. Transmission 3:12

16. Sketch For Summer 3:27

17. Slow Birthday 1:46

18. Snow And A Dovecote 2:21

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The second trio release from alto saxophonist Jose Lencastre, Hernâni Faustino (Red Trio) here on electric bass and drummer Vasco Furtado, three Portuguese improvisers whose continued work together adds strength to their collective improvisation, heard in five pieces recorded live in the warm space of the Espírito Santo Church in Caldas da Rainha in Western Portugal.
Schouten / Courtois / Doronzo / Janssen
VOSTOK: Remote Islands
(Relative Pitch)
Inspired by Judith Schalansky's book "Atlas of Remote Islands: 50 islands I never set foot in and never will", the debut of the chamber improvising trio of Fie Schouten on clarinet & basset horn, Vincent Courtois on cello and Guus Janssen on piano, organ, harmonium & harpsichord reflect on these pristine and untouched areas of the earth in sublimely sophisticated conversation.
Bridge, The (Amado / von Schlippenbach / Haker-Flaten / Hemingway)
Beyond the Margins
(Trost Records)
Assembled by Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado, this stellar quartet bridges nations with German pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach, Norwegian double bass player Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, and American drummer Gerry Hemingway, presenting the extended, masterful collective title track, along with two shorter works, particularly revisiting Albert Ayler's "Ghosts".

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