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With a little bit of fear I insert the cd into the cd drawer. “Saxify” doesn’t sound promising. I have to think of Candy Dulfer, who’s career took off in 1990 with her album “Saxuality”. Anyway, it should be obvious that on Alt’s album - it turns out to be her real name - the saxophone has a leading role. The German is operating from Amsterdam, has been building her career since 2004 and performing along many artists.
When I hear the first tone it’s like I am entering a party and it’s not clear yet who has the main role.The funk influences of Prince and George Clinton are very present and not at all boring. On “Saxify” musicians like Fred Wesley (James Brown, George Clinton), Scott Mayo (Earth, Wind & Fire) play, but also members of Gotcha! and Tower of Power. Very fine. Fortunately Alt doesn’t fall into the trap of adoring them too much but knows how to fit the musicians into her own sound. The second track, also title track, she puts herself in a central role and doesn’t let go anymore.
The line up is different on every track- except for the lady on the sax - including vocals, but sounds like a whole, it’s one big party on stage and the changeovers are self-explanitory.
File under: Funky as hell
Haarlems Dagblad Interview
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Saxophonist Susanne Alt at Haarlem Jazz & More:
Improvising or colouring
Haarlem - Playing together with a dj is what saxophonist Susanne Alt likes most, she says. “Because I get the space to improvise and let it all out. But playing along with a dj I also can step back and choose to only add some musical flavour to the record.” Susanne will play with dj Dennis van der Geest on Thursday night at Grote Markt.
She was born 38 years ago in Würzburg, Germany, plays saxophone since she’s 12 years old and decided to stay in the Netherlands after her jazz conservatorium study. More than 10 years ago she started her own jazz quartet which became more and more influenced by funk.
On her album “On Track” from 2009 there was a remarkable contribution of special guest Fred Wesley (trombone), known from his work with James Brown, George Clinton and Maceo Parker. Earlier this year Susanne surprised us with her luxurious double LP “Saxify”. Here she continues moving towards funk.
People who compare her with Candy Dulfer, got it wrong, the saxophone player says. “It’s so lazy. Just bcause we both are women who play saxophone. I have a lot of respect for Candy, as a saxophone player and her professionality. But our musical starting points are very different. Candy is more into David Sanborn, while I am rather inspired by Maceo Parker, Parliament Funkadelic, Bernie Worrell, Tower Of Power, and the horn section of Earth Wind & Fire. That deep funk. Heroes in my youth were saxophonists Joshua Redman and Maceo Parker. When someone pointed out that Maceo had worked a lot with George Clinton, a whole new world opened for me.”
A common factor between “Saxify” and George Clinton and his groups is the big amount of musicians on “Saxify”, both musicians and vocalists. 36 musicians in total, at least 10 per track, sometimes more so the album sound is a bit overwhelming and inescapable.
The musicians include Lorrèn Rettich (performing wednesday night with her own group at Haarlem Jazz & More) and E1 Ten, (previous) rapper and singer of the Haarlem band Gotcha!.
“We were introduced by friends and I had seen him on stage with George Clinton. I invited him to my studio for an afternoon to record one track but it became two. He’s such a strong personality on stage. That’s why I wanted him on my album.”
Susanne likes to play with dj’s and she likes to play a lot. Sometimes five times a week, in clubs, festivals and parties. “ Then I have a free role and I enjoy a lot to see the crowd go crazy”.
She’s been working with countless dj’s: Maestro, Roog and also regularly with ex judo champion Dennis van der Geest. “I’ve known him for a long time. What I admire in Dennis is his focus on achievement. It’s inevitable that he’s always working on improving himself. Make it even tighter. Top sport mentality. At the same time, musically and artistically he always gets it right. If someone doesn’t have taste you can feel it, it sounds like crap. But Dennis never mixes the wrong key or something lik this. His choices are well-thought. He called me weeks ago to prepare the music for Haarlem Jazz&More. That’s Dennis.”
Interview with 15questions.net
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CD Tip june 2016
After 5 jazz albums and collaborations with house dj’s saxophonist Susanne Alt finally fullfilled a long-cherished dream to produce a funky dance album and released her latest album “Saxify” with 12 own compositions. For a really smashing result the Dutch - by choice - invited everybody who is anybody into the studio, from the Netherlands and USA, with Fred Wesley (trombone) leading the way, followed by Michael Hampton (guitar) and many others, more than 30 musicians. It’s is a pleasure, rich in variety, to listen to the 12 tracks; every track is sung by another singer who also (co-)wrote the lyrics. There is th hopeful “Life-is-good”-song “Open Up”, sung by Berenice van Leer, Lorrèn Rettich sings the immensely soulful title track. “The harder we fight” features the Dutch Mavis Acquah and mixed duets with Wesley&Co top it off.
Appearently it is the merit of producer Susanne Alt that the album sounds as if made from one piece, despite the recording process of 9 years. On the album she plays alto and tenor saxophone (and soprano-admin) as well as flute and sounds as if she never has done anything else.
“Saxify” is a must for fans of funk and wind players and is obligatory for dancing maniacs.
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Susanne Alt makes a real statement with her new album Saxify
Alto saxophone player Susanne Alt let’s the listener swing with her new grooving and funky album Saxify, An album with mainly steamy tracks with jazzy, funky and hiphop influences. Neat riffs and tight saxophone sounds will be heard in your livingroom when the record is played.
Alt moves in a different direction with Saxify than before. She used to have more of a jazz sound of pure and melodic rhtythms. Nou she’s on excursion towards the other side of the jazz genre. Funk with swinging rhythms, vocalists and samples which can b heard throughout the tracks.
More than 30 guest musicians helping her to bring this album alive. On title track “Saxify” vocalist Lorrèn, trombonist Fred Wesley and guitarist Bruno Speight can be heard. The singer has an important role. It’s a fresh and strong track. “Wednesday Funk” shows more of the musicians. Fred Wesley plays a nice solo and Alt lets it all out on her saxophone. The result is a tight solo and meets the ear pointed and nicely. In the background you hear the vocalists and it’s one big party.
It’s a bit different that what we are used to hear from her. And not just something different . Imagine you put 30 musicians together on an album. A whole new sound emerges and every track is different. It all stays in funk genre but sometimes she reaches back to jazz. It can be heard especially in her solos.
Not only guest musicians from abroad can be heard, like Rodney „Skeet” Curtis, Scott Mayo, Michael "Clip" Payne en Gary Winters but also Dutch artists like SaraLee Vos, Robert Glass, Mavis Acquah, Daan Herweg, Paul van Kessel, Hans Dulfer en Stefan Schmid. Mix those together and you will get a melting pot of musicians which communicate extraordinarily well together.
The album sounds nice and will be liked by many non-jazz-lovers. She put a funky sauce over it which makes it a unique production. When you listen to the album more often you can recognize the style of Candy Dulfer and makes the style of Alt which is very outspoken a bit more mainstream. Nothing wrong with it, because you hear something different and like that she shows that she has to offer diversity for her fans and music lovers. A delightful album for the sultry summer nights which hopefully will come soon.
Heaven (juli/aug 2016)
Sometimes I don't know what they mean. In this short but sweet review there a several statements which could be compliments or insults....Interesting! I am honestly glad about every review this record generates and if journalists make you think, even better.
The final chord is for the German jazz saxophonist Susanne Alt who follows the footsteps of Candy Dulfer with the funky “Saxify”. In her band top talents like Fred Wesley and Gary Winters. They contribute to the mostly self-written music of Alt with an unusual energy in this genre.
About Jazz: 15 Fragen (may 2016)
Thanks for your interest, dear Sven Sorgenfrey of aboutjazz.de
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15 questions for Susanne Alt
Here the saxophonist-extraordinare speaks about dreaming of Snoop Dogg, her longing for a 32-hour-day and a dress blooper on stage.
About what did you dream last night?
I dreamt that I was on a jazz congress and succeded in persuading Snoop Dogg to do a collab.
Which concert/which record brought you to Jazz?
A tv broadcast of Joshua Redman with Pat Metheny, Christian McBride and Billy Higgins.
Concert: A concert of th Nat Adderly Quintet with Antonio Hart in Omnibus, Würzburg, 1992/93.
If you could time travel, which period would you go to?
I like a lot of music from 1978-1982. Very funky fusion. I think this would be fun.
Who is your favourite composer?
In jazz: Maybe Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis because they wrote very different music all their lives. Others amongst my favourite creative artists are sometimes not perceived as composers but in fact they are: James Brown, Fred Wesley, George Clinton, Dam Funk, Junie Morrison, Sly+Robbie, Tania Maria, D’Angelo..
What makes you angy?
Who is your musical hero?
My influences are from everywhere, most are from jazz/soul/funk/house so I cannot really stick to one person.
As who/what would you like to be reborn?
As immortal miracle person who has 32 hours in a day and can create even more.
What is jazz?
Imrpovisation in the broadest sense.
I think jazz is if you make connections which weren’t there before.
Jazz always has to be spontaneous or spontaneous parts.
Where do you get weak?
Socalled comedies which make you cry all the time. Tearjerkers work very well on me.
What’s more important to you in jazz: passion or control?
Both. I believe good music emerges when passion and control are in balance.
hopefully very far away.
Which is your favourite instrument you don’t play?
Practising is like…
Practising. It has to be. Without practising it just doesn’t work. Later you have to see practising broader, I think. When practising, you practise not only muscle activity but also concentration and finding your own taste. When you listen to music intensively as a musician, it’s also practising because you analyze music all the time.
When I hear chart pop in the radio..
I keep listening for a while, in the end of the day this is the reality. I always analye music around me and try not to judge. When pop music is on radio, appearently it has its right and is suitable for the mass. As a jazz musician you only can learn from it.
What is the most awkward slip which happened on stage?
I think really awkward things fon’t exist because the whole life is awkward, depending on one’s view. But funny things happened, like discovering only after one set that I was wearing my dress the wrong way around (back-front) because I was in a hurry.
Challenging for improvisation is also (1x in 2 years) when I forget my saxophone cord. The cord is essential for the saxophone player. But you can substitute with gaffer tape, lanyards, belts, bike locks.. Oh yes, and one more biennial blooper: “I think my saxophone is broken” - “Why don’t you have a look inside your saxophone if there’s a wiper inside the bell” - “Indeed”. And that after 26 years of saxophone playing…