These six pieces from Karen Street display her trademark versatility, ranging from funk (No.1) and swing (No.4) to two very different traditional arrangements (Nos. 5 & 6). Her characteristic lyricism (No.2) and “gentleness-with-attitude” (No. 3) are also represented.
This book will be an invaluable resource for younger and beginner quartets because all the titles help develop ensemble skills (rhythmic tightness, phrasing, dynamic control and so on) but are also musically interesting and suitable for performance. Ideally suited to three altos and a tenor, the flexibility of format will make the pieces especially attractive to teachers and others faced with non-standard combinations of saxes.
The E-Edition PDF bundle comes with the following:
Alto Saxophone 1 (alternative to Soprano Saxophone)
Alto Saxophone 2
Alto Saxophone 3 (alternative to Tenor Saxophone 2)
Tenor Saxophone 1 (alternative to Baritone Saxophone)
Soprano Saxophone (alternative to Alto Saxophone 1)
Tenor Saxophone 2 (alternative to Alto Saxophone 3)
Baritone Saxophone (alternative to Tenor Saxophone 1)
- Funk Dunk
Funk goin’ places.
- Sea Song
Simple and lyrical, in a traditional style.
Dreamy, with a hint of attitude.
- Makin’ Out
Laid back swing.
A dignified treatment of this traditional spiritual.
- Skye Boat Song
An unfussy arrangement, with some nice, crunchy harmonies.
“Street Collection” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music.
Well this is simply a winner book. It has various combinations to parts making it a very flexible book. I wouldn’t have believed that pieces for three altos and a tenor could have sounded so good. The pieces are accessible and very playable. They are around grade six. As to be expected they are very well-written and Karen Street has a real knack of making familiar styles in a simply written manner sound absolutely class. I found her version of ‘Kumbaya’ genuinely moving and ‘Funk Dunk’ is an absolute cracker. What is great about this book is that it doesn’t need a bari and exploits the sounds of three altos, which is still one of my favourite sonorities.
Gerard McChrystal – Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine, Summer 2006