This publication could well be something of a first. Its aim was to create a collection of studies for solo saxophone that included a variety of styles and ideas. In order to extend this idea to its maximum, a competition was launched on scorchmusic.com the web-publishing arm of Sibelius. The impressive response to this encouraged Nigel Wood to incorporate not only the winning entry but also three further offerings over the net. The result is a collection of 20 studies each by the hand of a different composer, spanning four continents and a huge variety of stylistic challenges.
Stephen Pusey, Sheet Music Magazine, Spring Term 2002
An exciting collection of one-page 'studies' for solo. Inspired by the success of Saxtet's existing study books Karen Street's "Street Beats" and Chris Gumbley's "15 Crazy Jazz Studies", Nigel set out to tap a wider diversity of talent and has included pieces from all of Saxtet's own-playing composers, as well as three from a competition run on the Internet. The result is a wonderfully varied album whose contributors span four continents - the Punjab, the Caribbean and Tuscany are amongst the locations included, whilst the range of styles covers pop, jazz, contemporary, classical, folk, latin, bebop and funk. A brilliant book - not to be missed! (Grade 6-8+).
Music News, Wood Wind & Reed, May 2002
This is a very exciting new collection from Saxtet Publications. Nigel Wood commissioned seventeen composers and saxophonists to write a one-page study for saxophone. Each was completely free to choose the style and influence brought to their original work. He also ran a competition on scorchmusic.com (the self-publishing arm of the notation software, Sibelius), which brought another three studies for the book. The result is a fascinating collection of studies by composers from four continents, and including influences from pop, jazz, contemporary, classical, folk, romantic. Latin, be-bop and funk.
Each study has its own technical difficulties, but all are great to play. My particular favourites include Rob Buckland
Sarah Markham, reviewer, CASS Magazine, Spring 2003
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