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This is a very well known (but I didn’t know he was before I came across his material) soprano sax player ( already quoted in few threads) whom is well and truly into experi-mental music.




http://www.somenewmusic.com

https://www.discogs.com/artist/330421-Sam-Newsome

His Youtube channel features quite stunning things.

https://www.youtube.com/user/Straightsax/videos

I’d like to share in particular the prepared saxophone series where he extends a soprano mouthpiece with a PVC or Rubber tube.


Before anyone thinks this is just a gimmick let me tell you that there is nothing simple about this approach.



these are “ more conventional” videos



 

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I love Sam Newsome. I stumbled upon his music a while ago and enjoyed it, but when I saw video of his it BLEW MY MIND. I've been hooked every since, looking desperately for a performance to attend.
 

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I met Sam a few years back when he was the special guest performer at the Rocky Mountain Saxophone Summit at CSU (Colorado State Univ.). He's the real deal and a wonderful human being. I ended up with one of his CDs and his book ; https://www.amazon.com/Life-Lessons-Horn-Originality-Musician/dp/1682220923 and I'm not even sure I paid for either. I listened to the CD a couple of time but it's really not my thing so I sent it to Sonja - Roundmidnite here at SOTW when she was looking for info on special playing effects. At the time Sam was teaching at a college in NYC and playing mostly solo or with small groups.
 

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I really like some of his older stuff (e.g., his work with Terence Blanchard and the Global Unity albums), but around the mid 2000's (e.g., Monk Abstractions) his playing started getting a bit too "out there" for me. I understand that he's exploring, but I feel like his use of extended techniques and "prepared" instruments often overwhelms the music and comes off sounding gimmicky. He's definitely got chops though.
 
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