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World Saxophone Quartet: Steppenwolf

The word virtuoso comes to mind and quickly falls short of the mark in characterizing the ineffable totality of the World Saxophone Quartet. Its latest offering captures the magic of a March 1, 1999, performance at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. John Purcell, on soprano and clarinet, has brought stability and a creative spark to the chair vacated by Julius Hemphill a decade ago; Oliver Lake on alto, David Murray on tenor sax and bass clarinet and Bluiett on baritone remain, and they are in fine form.

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