Ghosts of the Saxophone: Dan Levinson's Trans​-​Atlantic Saxtette Invokes the Six Brown Brothers

by Dan Levinson's Trans-Atlantic Saxtette

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about

The Six Brown Brothers were a saxophone-playing vaudeville troupe during the teens and twenties, who enjoyed phenomenal popularity and helped to launch the saxophone craze that swept across America beginning around 1915. As the first saxophone ensemble to make records, they spawned dozens of imitators and inspired a generation of young musicians to take up the instrument.

Ghosts of the Saxophone brings together an all-star aggregation of reedmen from both sides of the Atlantic: Paul Lindemeyer, Vince Giordano and Dan Levinson from the American side; world-renowned jazz legend Bob Wilber, Nik Payton and Alex Mendham from the British side (although Mr. Wilber is actually a transplanted American).

With informative liner notes by Bruce Vermazen, the undisputed authority on the Six Brown Brothers and author of "That Moaning Saxophone: The Six Brown Brothers and the Dawning of a Musical Craze," Ghosts of the Saxophone is a delightfully entertaining voyage into the world of ragtime saxophone, a vital yet largely unexplored chapter in the instrument's evolution. These 22 saxophonic melodramas will transport you back to a glorious moment in time when six ghostly figures, their silvery horns gleaming, tripped the light fantastic into the star-studded firmament, before vanishing along with their era into the Sea of Oblivion.

TRACKS:
Comedy Tom
Egyptland
If Winter Comes
Shivaree
Fatima
Tom Brown's Saxophone Waltz
Smiles and Chuckles
Passion Dance (La Danza Appassionata)
American Patrol
Kismet
My Fox Trot Girl
Bull Frog Blues
Russian Rag
The Concourse March
Saxophone Sam
Dance of the Paper Dolls
Darktown Strutters' Ball
The Ghost of the Saxophone
Saxophone Sobs
Chicken Walk
That Moaning Saxophone Rag
Peter Gink

credits

released January 1, 2009

MUSICIANS:
Bob Wilber, alto and soprano saxophones
Alex Mendham, alto saxophone
Paul Lindemeyer, tenor saxophone
Nik Payton, tenor saxophone
Dan Levinson, baritone, tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones
Vince Giordano, bass saxophone

ARRANGEMENTS:
GE Holmes tracks 1, 3, 6
F Henri Klickmann tracks 2, 10, 13, 20
Mayhew Lester Lake (as Lester Brockton); adapted for six saxophones by Dan Levinson tracks 7 and 15
Dan Levinson tracks 8 and 19
Mayhew Lester Lake (as Lester Brockton) track 12
possibly Tom Brown track 16
unknown tracks 4, 5, 9, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 22

TRANSCRIPTIONS:
Paul Lindemeyer tracks 4, 5, 9, 17, 21
Pete Martinez track 11
Paul Coats and Dan Levinson track 18
Bruce Vermazen track 20
Paul Coats track 22

Recording Dates: June 10, 12 and 13, 2008
Recording Location: Peter Karl Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Recording Engineer: Peter Karl
Mixing, Editing and Mastering: Peter Karl, Dan Levinson
Production Supervisor: Mike Cogan, Bay Records, Berkeley, CA
Rear Cover Photograph: Peter Karl
Front Cover Design and Art: Joe Busam, Cincinnati, OH
Graphic Design: Sara Glaser, Berkeley, CA
Liner Notes: Bruce Vermazen
Producer: Dan Levinson
Executive Producer: Bob Erdos
Stomp Off Records
P.O. Box 342 York, PA 17405 www.stompoffrecords.com

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