West Side Story Out Now

Tonight, tonight, Won't be just any night, Tonight there will be no morning star. Tonight, tonight, I'll see my love tonight. And for us, Stars will stop where they are!

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West Side Story - Gwendolyn Masin and Melisma Saxophone Quartet

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Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
West Side Story

(1) Prologue
(2) Jet Song
(3) Blues
(4) Somewhere
(5) Procession & Nightmare
(6) Scherzo
(7) Mambo
(8) Cha-Cha
(9) I Feel Pretty
(10) Maria
(11) Cool
(12) America
(13) One Hand,One Heart
(14) Gee, Officer Krupke
(15) Tonight
(16) A Boy Like That
(17) I Have A Love
(18) The Rumble
(19) Finale

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Review by The Arts Desk

Bernstein’s iconic Broadway score has been reinterpreted countless times. I’m a fan of Stan Kenton’s brassy big band version so approached this disc with trepidation, the numbers arranged by Henk Huizinga for violin and saxophone quartet. I needn’t have worried: this is exciting, zingy stuff. Huizinga makes changes to the show’s running order and takes some liberties with individual songs (“Cool” lasts just over a minute here), but so much of his transcription sounds and feels thoroughly idiomatic. Violinist Gwendolyn Masin impresses, never more so than in the intro to “America”, when she’s soaring over a carpet of burbling saxes. Huizinga’s leaner textures emphasise how jagged and dissonant parts of this score are. That this is a live recording adds to the performance’s edge and excitement.

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