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About this Album

Described by the New York Times as “one of the finest ensembles in American music, with a velvety sonic blend and a wild-eyed imagination,” the World Saxophone Quartet incorporates wildly divergent styles and approaches to the saxophone quartet. On their fifth Nonesuch album, the group teams up with vocalist Fontella Bass for a set of originals and covers, material ranging from avant-garde to R&B to jazz-rock.


Hamiet Bluiett, baritone saxophone, contra-alto clarinet (2)
Arthur Blythe, alto saxophone
Oliver Lake, alto saxophone
David Murray, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet (2)
Fontella Bass, vocals (3, 4, 7)
Amina Claudine Meyers, organ (1, 6)
Donald Smith, piano (1, 6, 8), organ (3, 4)
Fred Hopkins, bass
Tarik Shah, bass (6, 8)
Ronnie Burrage, drums (1, 6, 8)
Gene Lake, drums (3, 7)


Produced by Hamiet Bluiett
Engineered by James Anderson
Assistant Engineer: Dan Gellert
Mixed by Wayne Horvitz
Mixing Engineer: Joe Ferla
Mastered by Robert Ludwig

Design: James Victore

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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