Review by Choice Review
Presenting information on a wide variety of topics important to the saxophone, the 13 contributors to this volume represent a broad spectrum of professional background, ranging from classical performers and college teachers to studio musicians. The collection includes articles on the invention and development of instruments in the saxophone family (with considerable information on Adolphe Sax), influential soloists, classical repertoire, mechanics of playing the instrument, the professional musician (classical to studio), the use of the saxophone in jazz and rock music, and teaching. Scholars will find the historical information on the instrument and the brief sketches of notable jazz and classical performers particularly helpful. For classical specialists, Ingham (Leeds College of Music, UK) offers considerable material on repertoire, from solo settings to music for larger ensembles, and a brief article on the saxophone quartet. Beginners and intermediate-level players will get significant benefits from the sections on technique and saxophone design, particularly those on reeds, mouthpieces, individual members of the family, and instrument doubling. Valuable to anyone interested in the instrument, this compilation constitutes an important source of information for all academic libraries supporting music curricula and should be in every saxophone teacher's library. D. Heuchemer; Kenyon College
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