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Nicholas Sheffo
Fulvue Drive-in, July 2016

…Music For Saxophones with Joyce Griggs on Saxophone playing 49+ minutes of the music from the man considered one of the greatest saxophone arrangers ever… Joyce [is] joined by some seriously top rate musicians in a work that shows the versatility, value, pricelessness and range of the popular instrument as well as the talent that makes this a really solid CD worth your time. © 2016 Fulvue Drive-in Read complete review

Philip Clark
Gramophone, February 2016

Percy Grainger and the saxophone evolved together. As Grainger was working on this material, the saxophone, via the efforts of Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and Charlie Parker, had evolved into an expressively nuanced tool beyond anything that Adolphe Sax could have anticipated. But Grainger, despite his enthusiasm for the rough and tumble of jazz, appreciated the instrument for its timbral purity: the range of the human voice mirrored instrumentally over five octaves. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone, January 2016

Griggs, whose versatility in multiple roles is evident everywhere here, edited and engraved a variety of saxophone works created by Grainger as arrangements of the music of other composers. …The careful arrangements throughout this CD speak to Grainger’s instrumental skill as well as his particular love for the saxophone, which he regarded as having a sound more like that of the human voice than any other instrument. …Griggs has brought to fruition with this disc a tribute both to Grainger and to the saxophone family, all while creating a highly impressive demonstration of her own versatility both as musical scholar and as performer. © 2016 Read complete review

Review Corner, January 2016

The initial reaction is that it doesn’t sound like a saxophone album. Grainger was correct in comparing the instrument’s sound to the human voice and the overall sound is a quirky one, half early vocal music and half some initially undefined wind instrument, though it can also sound like a church organ. © 2016 Review Corner Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2015

The thought of having a disc with world premiere recordings of music by Percy Grainger is a major event in your life, but take care these are his arrangements. When you have got over that disappointment, the disc is devoted to thirteen works for the unlikely grouping of a saxophone ensemble, and are largely of music from the Baroque era, with only two of Grainger’s works The Immovable Do and The Lonely Desert-Man Sees the Tents of the Happy Tribes included. Through much of his life, he made, for reasons better known to himself, arrangements and transcriptions, many in such a way that they could be performed by various permutations of instruments. So it was that in 2007 manuscripts were discovered of works specially designed for saxophones. They were unearthed by the American saxophonist, Joyce Griggs, who directs the ensemble that have placed them on disc. Grainger chose his works judiciously so that they would respond to this unusual instrumentation mainly for saxophone sextet many of the pieces unknown except to specialists in the field of Baroque and Early Music when most of these arrangements were made back in the 1940’s. The outcome are some beautiful sounds that will fascinate, and even to saxophonists will hardly recognise them as having come from that group of instruments. It is an odd-ball release performed by an eminent group of American musicians gathered together by Griggs, the release offering good recorded sound with very informative notes in the enclosed booklet. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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