Fifteen Saxophones

Fifteen Saxophones

Louisiana-born multi-instrumentalist Dickie Landry boasts an impressive resume. He's been a sideman for heavy hitters like Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Talking Heads; played swamp pop and western swing throughout the Gulf Coast; and is a gifted painter who works have been exhibited beside those of Robert Rauschenberg and Richard Serra. Despite this formidable list of accomplishments, Landry is best known for his work in minimalist composer Philip Glass’ early ensembles. Landry recorded prolifically as a solo artist during his tenure with Glass. Fifteen Saxophones is his third solo release, featuring three long-form compositions. Their constantly shifting, interlocking drones (whether created through overdubbing, as on the title track, or through use of extended delay, as on “Kitchen Solos”) recall the more playful, improvisatory drones of Terry Riley pieces like “In C” rather than the stark, disciplined repetitiousness of early Glass. Though overlooked at the time of its release, Fifteen Saxophones is easily as engaging and intellectually challenging as many of the most celebrated minimalist works of its era.

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