The saxophone has an unbeatable ability to capture or imply a specific ambience. It’s just this capability which we are celebrating with our marvellous roster of legendary jazz saxophonists, each a master of the instrument, unfolding a series of impeccable ballad performances. Could there be any better way to enhance that late night mood?
“Dreamy and perfect for a dinner party, especially a romantic one.” Barbara Jones
“Very warm and emotional actually feels like I’m in the 1940s” Youtube
“Ahh yes…The soft jazz playing in the background, the gentle drums beating softly, the lights slowly dim as you drown in the artfully crafted sound that is smooth jazz. Whatever happened to music like this?” YouTube
“Remember that those saxophonists influenced most of today’s and yesterday’s best jazz sax player as stated under ‘ahhh back when music was actually music. beautiful’, I play sax, I am 77 years old and I was lucky enough to live part of this great history.”Guy Delorme
Picture the scene. A group of advertising creatives are sitting across the boardroom table from their business clients reviewing proposals for an upcoming television campaign. The commercial under discussion – it could be for a perfume, a famous brand of whiskey, an exotic holiday location, a soothing cough remedy or even an insurance policy – has been carefully structured to deliver the necessary brand and product messages. All that is needed now – the icing on the cake, you could say – is the appropriate musical accompaniment, something to suggest mellow relaxation or stress-free reassurance. The composer of the accompanying jingle has already selected the one orchestral instrument which he knows will achieve the desired effect. Which one, you ask? Why, the saxophone, of course.
There is something inherent in the saxophone’s tonal capabilities which enables it to suggest romance or blissful calm, a languorous quality which, in the hands of the right musicians, can create an alluring mood. Even the shape of the instrument itself is seductive! No wonder the saxophone is employed so often in a supportive musical role in films, television and advertisements. It has an unbeatable ability to capture or imply a specific ambience. It’s just this capability which we are celebrating with our marvellous roster of legendary jazz saxophonists, each a master of the instrument, unfolding a series of impeccable ballad performances.