Jeremy Justeson ‎– Pimpin'

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Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Pistol Packin' Mama
Composed By – Scott McAllister
2 Walimai
Piano, Composed By – Michael Djupstrom
3 Sultan
Composed By – John Mackey (2)
4 Schizo 'squito
Composed By – Rob Smith (21)
5 Tongue And Groove
Marimba, Composed By – Robert Paterson (3)
6 Spirit
Piano, Composed By – Joseph Rubenstein
7 Pimpin'
Composed By – Jacob TV*



Total time: 59'14"

Track 1: Recorded July 3, 2010 at Sear Sound, NYC.
Track 2: Recorded December 18, 2009 at Sear Sound, NYC.
Track 3 & 6: Recorded March 2, 2010 at Sear Sound, NYC.
Track 4: Recorded October 1, 2009 at KUHF Houston Public Radio Recording Studio.
Track 5: Recorded June 8, 2010 at Sear Sound, NYC.
Track 7: Recorded October 25, 2009 at Kutztown University Recording Studio.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 16895 06872 0
  • Matrix / Runout: AMR1033 (A34689H014 4049168)
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LR46
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 9W25
  • ASIN: B004WTB7E8


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June 13, 2011

Dr. Jeremy Justeson's second album is another triumph for saxophone and contemporary classical music. This album features works from several contemporary composers, many of whom accompany Dr. Justeson's full-bodied saxophone sound on this recording. This album showcases extremely demanding technical passages (including altissimo playing) alongside beautiful, delicate legato sections. Justeson accesses every emotion and timbre available to the saxophone.

The first piece, "Pistol Packin' Mama," was composed by Scott McAllister. It features the internationally recognized violinist Kurt Nikkanen and acclaimed pianist Maria Asteriadou. It is about three conflicting personalities that are rarely in harmony with each other, represented by two dissonant sections with a moment of agreement in a calming middle section.
"Walimai," a personal favorite, features composer Michael Djupstrom on piano. Based on a short story by Isabel Allende, Walimai tells a tale of terrible loss followed by an eventual release from suffering. The beginning of this work is dominated by a dark and contemplative mood, portrayed aptly by the alto saxophone's meandering melody and open-ended piano chords. The piece breaks suddenly into a dance-like melody in the mid section, featuring some intensely serpentine runs in the saxophone, and slowly builds into a bombastic climax, which transitions to a more delicate and solemn ending.
"Sultana" features Maria Asteriadou on piano and Dr. Justeson on soprano saxophone. This work is adapted from "Wood," the 4th movement of John Mackey's "Concerto for Soprano Sax and Wind Ensemble." It has an alluringly beautiful melody, and at times, Justeson's soprano sax sounds almost like an oboe or English horn.
"Schizo 'squito" was composed by Rob Smith and this arrangement for unaccompanied alto saxophone was written at the performer's request in 1997. Very sudden and frequent contrasts in style, materials, and register occur throughout much of this composition.
"Tongue and Groove," another highlight, features composer Robert Paterson on marimba accompanying the alto sax. The music involves constant rhythmic interaction between performers as their different melodic lines follow each other. This work is notable for its use of the marimba as an accompanying instrument (this version is played with four mallets, there is also a six mallet version!)
"Spirit," is a wonderful, melodious composition that has a general feeling of warmth and positive emotions. Justeson plays with a truly musical spirit (pun intended) and is accompanied by composer Joseph Rubenstein on piano.
The title piece, written by Jacob TV for baritone sax, ensemble & soundtrack, is based on original speech by American pimps and prostitutes. The 'soundtrack,' which is rhythmically spliced and edited, provides much of the melody for the saxophone. Jacob TV creates a complex and funky saxophone theme using the tonal inflections of the voices. The saxophone part is a technical tour-de-force for the baritone saxophone, and is a brilliant example of modern compositional technique and electronic music.

Justeson has performed as a soloist across the US, Europe, and Asia and, as a proponent for new music he has helped commission and premier many pieces for solo instruments as well as large ensembles. If you are interested in modern and contemporary classical music, and in particular, those featuring the saxophone, this album is recommended for you. Saxophone performers and students, music teachers, and classical music enthusiasts will enjoy this adventurous album featuring the many moods, timbres and effects available from the saxophone. If you are interested in hearing more music in this vein, check out Jeremy Justeson's debut album "Juggernaut."