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Agra 03:26
Lean Streets 01:20
Tattercoats 04:42


A low note core choir made up of 6 baritone saxophonists and 6 bass trombonists featuring many guest instrumentalists as well. 4 original compositions, 1 Stravinsky arrangement, 1 Ellington arrangement, and original compositions by Justin Mullens and Jade Synstelien.

A siphonophore is a bioluminescent deep sea creature that appears to be a single organism. Upon closer inspection, each specimen is found to be a colony composed of many highly specialized individual animals acting together as one cohesive organism. Bass Trombonists and baritone saxophonists normally play highly specialized singular roles within an ensemble. The idea here is to create a colony of them working together as a siphonophore to form a new sound from the depths of the bass clef. I hope you enjoy this recording. Thank you for listening! Max


released May 12, 2014

Kenny Berger - Bass Clarinet/Baritone Sax
Carl Maraghi - Bass Clarinet/Baritone Sax (solo on #6)
Jay Rattman - Bass Clarinet/Baritone Sax/Clarinet (solo on #10)
Jay Branford - Bass Clarinet/Baritone Sax/Clarinet
Frank Basile - Bass Clarinet/Baritone Sax (solo on #10)
Dave Noland - Baritone Sax

Jeff Nelson - Bass Trombone
Chris Olness - Bass Trombone
Douglas Purviance - Bass Trombone
David Taylor - Bass Trombone (solo on #6)
Jack Schatz - Bass Trombone
Dale Turk - Bass Trombone

Matt Cowan - Baritone Sax (solo on #8)
Paul Francis - Drum Set (tracks 2, 3-5, 6 and 10)
Bohdan Hilash - Basset Horn (solo on #9)
Erica von Kleist - Alto Flute (solo on #7)
Chris Komer - French Horn (tracks 3-5)
Sycil Mathai - Trumpet (tracks 3-5, solo on #5)
Rob Mosher - Soprano Sax/English Horn (tracks 3-5 and 7)
Dan Peck - Tuba (solo on #1)
Riza Printup - Harp (tracks 3-5)
Jade Synstelien - Resonator Guitar (solo #10)
Doug Weiss - Bass (tracks 2, 3-5, 6 and 10)
Max Seigel - Bass Trombone (solo on #8 and #10)

Produced by Max Seigel
Tracks 1 and 8 conducted by Justin Mullens
Recorded January 25th, 2010 at Sear Sound, New York
Engineered and mixed by Chris Allen
Mastered by Andy Bove, at Bove Audio
Cover Art - "Siphonophore" - Nellie Seigel
Art Direction - Samantha Merley


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Max Seigel New York, New York

Originally from Owenton, KY, Bass trombonist Max Seigel has lived and worked in New York City since 2000. Max is a member of the Roy Hargrove Big Band, the Michael Bublé Orchestra, the Andy Farber Jazz Orchestra, the Fat Cat Big Band, and the Delphian Jazz Orchestra. He also performs regularly with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and the Mingus Band. ... more

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