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LET ‘SAXIFY’ GRATIFY
written by Fiona Bloom
Saxophonist/Producer Susanne Alt’s thirst for great sax is fulfilled
New York, NY, 2016
The talented and gorgeous Susanne Alt born in Germany and based in the Netherlands has been hard at work on her much anticipated sixth studio project. ‘Saxify’ is being released under her own imprint, Venus Tunes which shows a very funky side to her craft! The Album will be available on all formats with the vinyl release ahead of the CD version on March 18th.
The lead album single and title track “Saxify” is out mid-Feb on 7” inch featuring Susanne on alto sax plus up and coming vocalist Lorren Rettich. Lorren is originally from Israel, and resides in the Netherlands with her own debut album out.
With a classical background growing up in Germany, both parents musical forces in her life, Susanne then decided to explore and delve even further musically into the Jazz Realm and moved to the Netherlands forming outfits including a quartet, and a collaboration with DJ’s. Later on in her career, Alt learned to DJ and took that talent on the road whilst playing Saxophone.
Over the years she’s been touring and recording with a number of musicians and for this latest endeavor Susanne wanted to collaborate with a broad mix and combination of talent that influenced her throughout her journey.
Mainly inspired by 70’s and 80’s Funk Music, this latest work has the feel and groove with musicians lending a hand from Tower of Power, Earth, Wind and Fire, Maceo Parker’s band, S.O.S. Band, Fred Wesley, Michael Hampton, Michael “Clip” Payne, and the vocalists Lex Empress, Lorren Rettich, Berenice Van Leer, Mavis Acquah, SaraLee Vos, who are staples from the thriving scene in the Netherlands. Working with them and incorporating the DJ element along with remixes is what gives Susanne that edge and extra groove.
All the music from ‘Saxify’ is written, arranged and produced by Susanne. Although the alto sax is her instrument of choice, she’s also featured on soprano, tenor, flute and backing vocals.
Other stand out tracks include “Wednesday Funk” which is inspired by the J.B. Horns and features Fred Wesley on trombone. Susanne on alto and Brooklyn MC Jorscan.
“From the canals of Amsterdam- keeping it live Brooklyn to Amsterdam”. Funky hook to chorus bridging the roots!
“Throwback” pokes a little fun. It has an 80’s Rapper’s Delight, Sugar Hill Gang feel and literally throws back to all Susanne’s musical influences. Fred Wesley taking the mic and going through the history as well as solo’ing his trombone. There’s even a sax battle with Scott Mayo too.
“Tudo Bem” has that Brazilian Jazz House feel with the sultry sounds of Lex Empress on vocals (Kraak & Smaak) Fred Wesley on trombone , Susanne Alt on flute and Jerome Hôl on guitar. Great dance vibes, feel good song.
“Open Up” has a Rhythm and Blues sound that feels like a Chaka Khan song- - uplifting, super rhythmic with some incredible percussive sounds. Berenice van Leer (Lead singer of Kraak&Smaak and daughter of ‘Focus’ frontman Thijs Van Leer” is on vocals. Great alt and soprano solos.
There are 11 songs on ‘Saxify’. It’s a journey in feel good music, great musicianship, and lots of foreplay. Appropriately titled!
Music for grown ups and the not so grown! Babies will be made!
About Susanne Alt:
Saxophone player, composer, producer living in Amsterdam. Released 5 jazz albums. Aside from playing jazz, she’s been known to collaborate with DJ’s.
Susanne has exploded on to the YouTube community with many of her videos going viral. She’s uploaded 100’s of concert diaries as her clips to promote her live show and technically wizardry.
Over the last 10 years, Susanne has released ‘Nocturne’, ‘Delight’, ‘On Track’, a double album ‘Live at Bimhuis’, Her last release 'How to Kiss' has been released in BeNeLux, USA, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France.
Susanne is Benelux endorser of Vandoren mouthpieces, ligatures & reeds, Yanagisawa saxophones and SD Systems instrument microphones. Susanne wears (mainly) Karen Millen.
The press about Saxify
(See all reviews on www.susannealt.com/press/
Jazzism (NL,May 2016): “Really a beautiful album!”
OOR (NL, April 2016): “Without any restriction: Saxify is a true magnum opus.”
Het Parool (NL, 25-03-2016): “On Saxify the whole funk history gets mixed up, while it also sounds contemporary and modern, streetwise also.”
Nederlands Dagblad (NL, 22-04-2016): “Saxify sounds uncomplicated and danceable, but musically the album stays fascinating and shows more depth than on might expect after first listening. (…) Saxify is - for our country - a rare funky album.”
Muziekweb (NL, 07-04-2016): “The admirable arrangements and Alt’s energetic playing stand out (…). This album puts Susanne Alt at once at the top of international funk acts.”
De Telegraaf (NL, 26-03-2016): “Funky Beach party”
Heaven (NL, July/August 2016): “Unusual Energy”
HMV Brand New Sax (Japan, march 2016): “This is a real groove grinder.”
Spiegel Online Kultur (Germany, 02-07-2016): “For her album "Saxify" the 38-year old put an explosively playing band together, (…) featuring Fred Wesley, the grand master of funky trombone playing.”
Limburgs Dagblad (NL, 31-03-2016): Alt (…) provides a layered and creative production and hereby prevents that this festive funk is played too much straightforward.
Jazzpodium (Germany, 06/2016): “Prince is dead but his spirit lives on. (…) Similarly to the deseased Maestro from Minneapolis Alt creates a funk mosaic of multiple exciting parts, digging deep into funk of the 80’s and 90’s. (…) Best way to listen: On vinyl!”
Lust for life (May, 2016): “Still, she doesn’t get stuck in the past because the album sounds fresh and vital, while Alt leaves her own signature very clearly.”
Maxazine (NL, 28-03-2016): “A heck of an album by this saxy funk ambassador!” (9/10)
Funkblog (NL, 08-04-2016): “The whole album sounds very good and naturally the saxophone playing by Susanne stands out. “
Saxophone Life (UK, April 2016): “if you’re looking for an album to put a smile on your face, this is the one - and you can get it on vinyl, too!
8Weekly (NL, 26-04-2016): “12 tracks, (…) none of them are ordinary, and of a high quality. One who suffer from narrow-mindedness, can’t place Alt, one who is broad-minded will enjoy many hours of listening pleasure.
Podiuminfo/Festivalinfo (NL, 06-05-2016): “Altogether, Saxify is a party with enviable guest musicians, and you want to join.”
Ntb (NL, 05/2016): “Top album!”
Allaboutjazz (Germany, 09-07-2016): “Saxify” is like fresh cheerful funk fireweorks. You wouldn’t guess it’s from North Europe.”
Cultuurpodium Online (NL, 01-07-2016): “The album sounds nice and will be liked by many non-jazz-lovers.”
Melodiva (Germany, 06-07-2016): “Saxify” is a must for fans of funk and wind players and is obligatory for dancing maniacs.”