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Dickie Landry: Fifteen Saxophones

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Recorded in 1974 and originally released in 1977 on Northern Lights, Fifteen Saxophones brings to mind the era of minimalism which stretched from the mid-sixties through the mid-seventies. Minimal music, like minimal art, may be executed on a large scale, ideologically direct and invariably subtle in its changing and repeated forms.

Even if likened to past practice, associated with Philip Glass with whom Landry worked, or appreciated for its effect in the context of the present experimental or improvised music, Landry’s music holds its own place. The content is rich, examines a minor key indicative of human frailty and emotion and has no pretense of being technological, even though the tools for generating the majority of sound are. Re-releases of recordings are good lessons in re-visiting the music that was written in a different space and time. The original can never be forced back into the same place it came from because culture evolves between then and now.

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