Delta Saxophone Quartet - Dedicated to You . . . But You Weren’t Listening (4 stars)

Delta Saxophone Quartet - Dedicated to You . . . But You Weren’t Listening

Dedicated to You . . . But You Weren’t Listening (Moonjune)

CONTEMPORARY

The Delta Saxophone Quartet have been around since 1984, but this project involves the group engaging with the music of an even earlier band, Soft Machine. Their approach to the music is no simple reiteration of ground covered in the originals. Rather, it is a creative exploration of possibilities inherent in the music, realised by a combination of the four saxophonists and a variety of arrangers, including Issie Barrett, Joe Duddell and Morgan Fisher.

The current line-up of Graeme Blevins, Pete Whyman, Tim Holmes and Chris Caldwell navigate a creative course through some familiar (and not so familiar) material from the Softs’ evolving and often fractious history, teasing out strands of the music and reshaping it in absorbing fashion. Soft Machine mainstay Hugh Hopper adds his signature bass guitar and loops to a version of ‘Facelift’.

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