Lington's tone and range are highly impressive...reaching highs and lows with the ease of a trapeze artist. (Secondary Impressions is) ambitious in its simplicity and virtuosity.
With its expansive musical range, great expressive capability, and cello-like tessitura, it's surprising that there doesn't exist more classical solo repertoire for the baritone saxophone. With that thought, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Aaron Lington presents a program of works composed specifically for the instrument - Robert Nelson's 1996 "Concerto for Baritone Saxophone and Orchestra," and Eric McIntyre's "Secondary Impressions" - along with a transcription of Astor Piazzolla's "Milonga sin Palabras," and Joan Tower's "Wings," which she encouraged Lington to perform on the baritone saxophone. Known primarily as a composer/arranger and jazz saxophonist, Lington received his doctorate from the University of North Texas in classical saxophone performance and remains active internationally through his position at San Jose State University and as a Silicon Valley Artist Laureate.
Concerto for Baritone Saxophone and Orchestra (Robert Nelson, 1996)
1 I. Moderato - poco misterioso 3:33
2 II. Andantino 4:09
3 III. Allegro 3:15
4 Wings 10:07 (Joan Tower, 1981)
5 Milonga sin palabras 5:44 (Astor Piazzolla, 1979)
Secondary Impressions (Eric L. McIntyre, 2003)
6 I. Cyclotronic Multi-faceted Spheroidal Reverberation 4:59
7 II. Invertible Introspection 4.48
8 III. Serenade (Under Glass) 7:23
9 IV. Le Compositeur Englouti 3:35
Aaron Lington - baritone saxophone
Victoria Lington - piano
Produced by Aaron Lington
Recorded by Pablo E. Furman at San Jose State University School of Music Concert Hall
November 29, 2016 and October 6, 2018
Mixed by Pablo E. Furman, Pleasanton, CA
Mastered by Rainer Gembalczyk at Sienna Digital, Half Moon Bay, CA
Photographs by Keay Edwards and Tracy Cavano
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
Jazz Weekly (George W. Harris)
Baritone saxist Aaron Lington creates some wondrous moods on a collection of mostly duet sonatas with pianist Victoria Lington on this collection of modern compositions. Lington's tone and range are highly impressive, sounding almost like a string section on a solo performance of "Wings" that reaches highs and lows with the ease of a trapeze artist ...