Saxophone and Ud Intersections

Atlas Maior – Riptide

Atlas Maior – Riptide (Atlas Maior, 2019)

American world jazz ensemble Atlas Maior presents a set of saxophone-dominated musical pieces inspired by Middle Eastern modes, American jazz and Latin American rhythms. The band’s overall style revolves around the sounds of Joshua Thomson’s alto saxophone and the ud (Arabic lute), supported by bass and drums.

 “Our 5th studio release Riptide is the culmination of many creative ideas that have come to fruition,” says saxophonist Joshua Thomson. “This is the band’s most polished album and it’s informed by our experiences working together, and the struggles and achievements we’ve experienced as people. There’s a lot of depth, emotion, and expression within the songs on Riptide. Themes of loss, gain, resilience, and perseverance are all in there.”

Atlas Maior’s members include Joshua Thomson on alto saxophone; Charlie Lockwood on ud;  Josh Peters on oud; and Ted Camat on drums, percussion. The album includes various guests: Robert Riggio on violin; Gary Calhoun James on double bass; Tarik Hassan on double bass; and Palestinian ud player Sari Andoni.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.
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