Good performance marred by poor recording
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Stan improvises while the orchestra plays. Arthur Fiedler conducts. Another attempt at his great album "Focus" (Verve), Stan again plays music by Eddie Sauter and others. The playing and the arrangement are much better here than the disasterous "Mickey One", but the CD suffers from a VERY dry acoustic. Stan in the left speaker, orchestra in the right. Stan sounds screechy. It's a shame, this one could have been good. Maybe it can be remixed."
Attempt to copy the success of "Focus"
rash67 | USA | 12/12/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is third force music - a fusion of Jazz and Classical where the orchestra plays the score while Stan the Man improvises on a vaguely defined melodic line.
The early pressings of this album were shrill. This later one, the Musical Heritage Society version is much better, not as bright, more balanced. You still find Stan on one side and the orchestra on the other which is somewhat disconcerting, but the music is intregueing.
Eddie Sauter who worked with Stan on his classic album "Focus" was told to pull out all the stops and write his best material. This album is often engaging, very orchestral, really a concerto for sax and orchestra. There are long passages of thoughtful, beautiful music. And you have Fieldler, so the orchestra is first rate. The overall effect is occationally overreaching, not by Stan but Sauter's writing. It doesn't scales the heights of "Focus", but is interesting and very much in the same direction.
Be careful to only buy the Musical Heritage version."