World Saxophone Quartet


World Saxophone Quartet
(Justin Time)
David Murray of the WSQ holds that deep down, Jimi Hendrix was also a jazzman. A couple of Hendrix numbers are barely recognizable here, but all are as wild as a guitar on fire. Trombone, violin and didgeridoo step up at any moment drifting toward old-school bebop. The best track at recapturing the Hendrix mastery/ abandon is “Foxy Lady,” which refuses to be background. This has been done before, by the Gil Evans Orchestra, 30 years ago. Each album is a thrill-ride.
—Doug Taylor

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