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John Adams' Saxophone Concerto

Composer John Adams.Deborah O'Grady

John Adams' Saxophone Concerto


May 26, 2021

When writing his concerto for saxophone, composer John Adams says he listened to classic jazz albums for inspiration, like Stan Getz's 1961 recording with orchestra and Chalie Parker's "Charlie Parker with Strings." Steve Seel features Adams' Saxophone Concerto this week, as well as works by Judd Greenstein, Aaron Jay Kernis, John Cage, and more.