Saxophones - Pierre Favre & ARTE Quartett featuring Michel Godard


ARTE Quartett Saxophone
Pierre Favre Komposition / Schlagzeug
Michel Godard Tuba / Serpent

Produced by Pierre Favre
Recorded and mixed by Martin Pearson and Benno Hofer
Mastered by Martin Pearson
Photography: Thomas Cugini and Francesca Pfeffer 
Artwork: Andrea Alteneder

«The musicians don’t simply paint a dour scenario. Many of these works feature animated melody lines and bittersweet opuses along with a few chambertype passages, offset by Favre’s percussion-generated interludes.»
Glenn Astarita, Downbeat USA, 02.2005

«Mit dem Basler ARTE Quartett und Michel Godard, einem viel beschäftigten Tiefseetaucher auf Tuba und Serpent, wird einmal mehr der Komponist Favre hörbar. Die CD, die raffiniert mit den drei Elementen Perkussion, Saxofonchor und Tuba-Bass spielt, ist insgesamt ein Meisterwerk der Dramaturgie, der Konfrontation von ausgeschriebenen melodiösen Choralpassagen, Solokadenzen, improvisierten Zwischenspielen.»
Peter Rüedi, Die Weltwoche, 27.05.2004

«With the big drums pounding, «Anecdote» has the saxes almost World Saxophone Quartet funky, then quickly returns to a more choral sound. Favre strikes an exotic rhythm and the arrangement supports Sascha Armbruster’s peripatetic alto solo.»
Rex Butters, All about Jazz, 10.2004

«Favre’s compositions make good use of the textural possibilities of the group’s tonal range, be it with long tones or staccato bursts. At 50 minutes, the album can function as one multi-part piece, the solo drum sections used to break up the many varied, though overwhelmingly somber and gracious, melodies.»
Andrey Henkin, All about Jazz New York, 07.2004 (Saxophones CD)

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