We were enticed musically right around the world, the style varying from classic formality to blended barber-shop smoothness, with wonderful effects of bustle and rush, yelps and squeals, clicks, clucks and the knelling of bells. Exquisite pace, mood and dynamics demonstrated perfectly to sceptics like me that saxophones are beautifully musical, easily rivalling vocal or string quartets. Michael Torke’s thrilling ‘July’ and Guillermo Lago’s poignant ‘Sarajevo’ and exuberant ‘Addis Ababa’ were highlights of a very well selected programme which ended perfectly with the encore, Astor Piazzolla’s ‘Close your eyes and listen’. Money where my mouth is: I bought their CD!
Studio Theatre, Brighton Dome, 10 May 2016