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Jazz or jazz-inspired music for saxophone performed by Michael Pendowski.

Michael Pendowski joins with pianist Jeremy Samolesky in a recording of works for alto saxophone. The repertoire features music that is jazz or jazz-inspired, reflecting Pendowski's personal interests. A director of the jazz program at Auburn, Dr. Pendowski is also an assistant professor of saxophone. He has taught at Eastman, Northwestern University, and DePaul, among other schools. He is a graduate of Eastman and Northwestern. He is a prominent composer in the educational field, having published dozens of jazz and classical compositions, encompassing the full spectrum from professional ensembles and high schools and universities. He has been a clinician throughout the country and in South America and has conducted and taught at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Also on the faculty at Auburn, Jeremy Samolesky has appeared on concert stages across four continents. He performs and teaches regularly at universities and conservatories around the world.
Irvin Schulhoff, composer
Hot Sonate
Michael Pendowski (saxophone); Jeremy Samolesky (piano)

Nikolai Girshevich Kapustin, composer
Concerto for Saxophone & Orchestra
Michael Pendowski (saxophone); Jeremy Samolesky (piano)

John Tower Williams, composer
Michael Pendowski (saxophone); Jeremy Samolesky (piano)

George Gershwin, composer
Michael Pendowski (saxophone); Jeremy Samolesky (piano)

Vernon Duke, composer
April in Paris
Michael Pendowski (saxophone); Jeremy Samolesky (piano)

Jimmy Dorsey, composer
Oodles of Noodles
Michael Pendowski (saxophone); Jeremy Samolesky (piano)

I enjoyed very much this delightful recital performed by two talented musicians. Pendowski plays using the classical saxophone sound, which differs significantly from that employed by jazz players. I do believe the classical approach is more appropriate for these hybrid works. Pianist Samolesky is a distinguished artist in his own right and both performers play with verve and sensitivity throughout. Other than my occasional quibble with Albany releases—there is not enough space between pieces—I can only sing the praises of this recital as worthy of your consideration. Its appeal should certainly transcend the saxophone community. (Fanfare)