Blue Soliloquy, Solo Works for Soprano Saxophone
Warmth and experience, albeit somewhat austere, are at the heart of Sam Newsome’s blue-themed programme of compositions for unadorned soprano saxophone.
Newsome successfully treads the fine line between academicism and display with a disciplined cross-cultural tour that takes on board far-Eastern microtones, throat-singing harmonics and the commonality of the pentatonic scale.
Jazz influences are legion, with echoes of Sidney Bechet reverberating alongside John Coltrane, and the blues is never far away. Intense, with a fine-wrought internal logic and no trace of self-indulgence.