May/June 2013, Volume 37, No. 5
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May/June 2013


Editorial
by David J. Gibson
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Creative Jazz Improvisation
by David Pope
Developing An Improvisational Language
Key Points That Have Worked For Me.

New Saxophone Publications
by David Demsey
Free To Solo
by Rob Hughes & Paul Harvey
Fantasia For Alto Sax & Band
Composed By Eric Ewazen


Creative Teaching Techniques
by Steve Mauk
Tricks Of The Trade
Articulations Tricks
Fingering Tricks
Maintenance Tricks


Repair Demystified
by Curt Altarac
Octave Vents & Pip Squeaks
Improving Tone At The Edge, Vent Location
Vent Length, Vent Texture, What Does It All Mean?


Why Don't They?
by Steve "Saxgourmet" Goodson
Good Questions About Suggested
Saxophone Improvements
That Come Up Again, And Again


A Lesson With John Mills
by Greg Banaszak
Part I Of A 2-Part Series Of Lessons
With John Mills


The Saxophone Quartet
by Susan Fancher
Thierry Escaich's Music For Saxophone Quartet


Rock 'n Roll Saxophone
by Andrew Clark
Andrew's Stage Gear Update w/ Photos



Billy Kerr's Reviews
Clifford Gordon
Eric Dolphy
Charles McPherson

Charles Mingus "The Jazz Workshop Concerts"
1964-1965
Chris Potter
The Sirens

Frank Bongiorno's Reviews
Noah Preminger

Haymaker
Felipe Salles
Departure


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Fantaisie Brillante
on Themes From Carmen
Masterclass CD by Brian Sparks

Audiences especially enjoyed listening to instrumentalists play brilliant and flashy pieces, such as Fantaisies or Theme and Variations on melodies from the most popular operas. One of these virtuosic pieces was Francois Borne’s Fantaisie Brillante on Themes from ‘Carmen’, which was based on the famous opera by French composer Georges Bizet (1839 -1875). The opera is founded on a story by the French writer Prosper Merimée about a Spanish gypsy girl, Carmen, who works in a cigarette factory in Seville, Spain.
Editor's Note:
Todd Oxford's arrangement of this piece, in this Saxophone Journal masterclass, was revised by Todd before publication. Please note that even though Brian's magazine text points to "errata" we regret this error in Saxophone Journal and ask that you disregard the "errata" comments.

Fantaisie Brillante
on Themes from ‘Carmen’
Masterclass CD by Brian Sparks

Track title/time
1. Introduction and discussion of Movement I by Brian Sparks -10:00
2. Performance of Movement I Allegro Moderato with piano - 4:33
3. Saxophone play-along (piano only) - 4:20
4. Discussion of Movement II ( Habanera, Chanson de Bohéme et Final) - 6:12