World Saxophone Quartet - Metamorphosis (1991)
Mp3 CBR320 kbps | 61:55 min | 146 Mb (5% Rec.)
Contemporary Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz | Label: Nonesuch Records
Probably the first of several saxophone-only ensembles who proliferated in jazz after 1975, the WSQ is unquestionably the most commercially (and, arguably, the most creatively) successful. Of course, commercial success is a relative thing in jazz, especially when one is speaking of an avant-garde group. But unlike most free jazz artists, the WSQ managed to attract an audience of significant size; large enough to have garnered a major-label record deal in the '80s, an almost unheard-of occurrence in that retro-jazz decade. Metamorphosis is the tenth album by the World Saxophone Quartet and fourth album on the Elektra/Nonesuch label with added African drummers and electric bassist Melvin Gibbs (after the departure of Julius Hemphill).