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After working with one of my favorite saxophonists and human beings, Dan, on many projects including my own big band CD's, it is a pleasure to hear him with his own project breathing fresh life into 10 great standards. His expressive quality on the alto saxophone gracefully embraces these beautiful melodies. "Voicing a Standard" includes a great supporting cast including Jim Cox, Michael Valerio and Vinnie Colaiuta. Bravo Dan, for such a fine jazz CD that will live on for years.

—Quincy Jones

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Dan Higgins - alto saxophone, clarinet
Jim Cox - Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer
Michael Valerio - Bass
Vinne Colaiuta - drums

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Over the decades we've had a number of truly inspired masters of the alto saxophone and as this recording will attest, Dan Higgins has secured a very high place in the pantheon of greats.

He's an artist of extraordinary taste, range, and power and making music with him on recordings or in concert has always been a privilege and a joy for me.

—John Williams

You can download these MP3 audio files from "Voicing a Standard":
When Sunny Gets Blue MP3-download-4.01MB
What's New MP3-download-4.43MB
You can download these solo transcriptions from"Voicing a Standard":
When Sunny Gets Blue PDF-download-62K
What's New PDF-download-57k

    When Sunny Gets Blue
    Beautiful Love
    What's New
    Autumn in New York
    Angel Eyes
    Black Nile
    God Bless the Child

DAN HIGGINS QUARTET - Voicing a Standard

liner notes by Herbert Wong

Within moments of the opening strains of Dan Higgins' distinctive alto saxophone sounds on the leadoff selection "When Sunny Gets Blue", his message is apparent. A firm advocate of the primacy of the inherent beauty of melodies, Dan's crisp yet warm interpretations reveal his high values for musicality. His goal orientation and outlook for his quartet's snapshot slate of tunes is appealing to the ear-witnesses as he infuses the tunes with joyful freshness.

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Here is a musically fresh and original approach to some great standards. As for the performance...Dan is the best I've ever known. —Sammy Nestico
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