Sax Sounds of CSQ

Posted on 29 April 2009

clazzical-saxophone-quartetSouth Jersey is home to saltwater taffy, sweeping beaches, and a lesser-known gem: a musical group deserving of wider recognition.  One of the premier saxophone quartets in the world, The Clazzical Saxophone Quartet (CSQ) plays highly diverse genres, including jazz, classical, rock n’ roll, R&B, show tunes, and other forms of music.  With a tight sound that harmoniously blends all the right chords, the band’s repertoire boasts fantastic covers of Dizzy Gillespie’s Night in Tunisia and Gershwin’s Fascinating Rhythm as well as a wonderful rendition of Bach’s Minuet in G.   Honoring the history of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, and other mighty monarchs of swing-jazz, CSQ drives the vibrant, hot-cool sounds of contemporary American music.  Their classical performances, however, demonstrate a reverence befitting the rich and enduring tradition of subtler but no less moving music.  A CSQ performance leaves audiences with wide-ranging musical experiences that beg the question, “Where can I hear these guys again?”


CSQ’s four saxophonists are Bill Kiel on alto and soprano saxes, Scott Steven Merritt, master of baritone sax and bass clarinet, Tim Pletcher, who blows alto sax, and William Murray Jr. on tenor sax.   Demonstrating a wealth of experience blending technical expertise with the creativity of tightly-jammed sets, the four musicians have played with musical luminaries and performers including Tony Bennett, Bob Hope, Lyle Mays, Richie Cole, The Stylistics, The Manhattans, Neil Sedaka, Louie Bellson, Lionel Hampton, New York Voices, and Randy Brecker, among others.  As individual musicians, each member of the CSQ is a gifted saxophone player.  Together, they have created one of the hottest saxophone ensembles ever seen in the South Jersey, or for that matter any area.


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One Response to “Sax Sounds of CSQ”

  1. Edster says:

    Art, you obviously appreciate good music and know where to find it. Thanks for the heads-up on CSQ; I will check them out.

    BTW, if you like horns, you may want to check out two sax players who are really cool. They’re younger than the guys in CSQ but very, very good. One is Brian Gallagher, who has toured with a number of huge acts. Gallagher either has or will have a CD coming out very soon. Soulful player. You can hear him on Hicks’ latest CD, The Distance, a very, very good CD which I checked out because of another article I found here.

    The other horn player is less well known and also phenomenal. His name is Jeff Lopez. He plays various venues in the Deep South, including Ona’s Music Room and The Open Door Cafe in Birmingham, Alabama. This guy can blow! You can find some of Jeff’s performances online but he is best seen live. This guy puts two horns in his mouth and blow them both perfectly!

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