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To celebrate Christmas 2003, tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz recorded this rather brief CD, performing four Yuletide favorites with his quartet plus "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning." While "Jingle Bells" is transformed into a modal piece, "Winter Wonderland" and "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" are straightforward, "The Christmas Song" is given a warm treatment, and "Sleigh Ride" becomes a romp in 7/4 time. Schwartz sometimes overdubs a second horn for the ensembles, his rhythm section is fine in support, and the tenor man, who occasionally shows off the influence of John Coltrane but mostly sounds individual, is in excellent form throughout this abbreviated but worthy disc.

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Alto Alex aka BirdLand MY HERO A-TON SCHWARTZ JEEZ HES GREAT. i Admire his great sound unlike any other. This album of his is a rocker and a great drummer is on it too.

Biography

Born: July 16, 1967 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Influenced by Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, and Joe Henderson as well as Dexter Gordon, Anton Schwartz is a melodic tenor saxophonist who has been based in the San Francisco Bay Area since the 1990s. Although identified with the Bay Area, Schwartz is actually a native of New York, where he started playing jazz on the clarinet at 12 before switching to the sax at 14. In high school, he formed a group that included guitarist Peter Bernstein and organist Larry Goldings and sat in with Woody Herman and...
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