Jeremy Justeson is one of America's finest saxophonists, and this is his debut recording on the American Modern Recordings (AMR) label. This recording contains seven contemporary works, all of which feature the saxophone, and most include at least one other musician. All of the pieces in this album are world premiere recordings, and a few feature the composers performing their own works. Works include: Pistol Packin' Mamma for alto sax, violin and piano; Walimai for also sax and piano; Sultana for soprano sax and piano; schizo 'squito for solo alto sax; Tongue and Groove for alto sax and five-octave marimba (four mallet version); Spirit for alto sax and piano, and Pimpin' for baritone sax and recording. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF EACH TRACK • Pistol Packin' Mamma is about three conflicting personalities that are very rarely in harmony with each other • Walimai is inspired by a character in Isabel Allende's fascinating collection "Cuentos de Eva Luna" • Sultana takes it's name from a female sultan • schizo 'squito is inspired by the schizophrenic life of a mosquito • Tongue and Groove is inspired by carpentry, rhythmic interplay, fast tonguing and oral sex • The title Spirit refers to raising one's spirits and the general tone is one of warmth and positive emotion • Pimpin', the title track, is the only work on the album not by an American composer, and is based on original speech by American pimps and prostitutes JEREMY JUSTESON BIO Jeremy Justeson has performed as an orchestral soloist and recitalist across the United States, Europe and Asia. Dr. Justeson currently serves as Professor of Saxophone and Director of the Wind Ensemble at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Active regionally, nationally, and internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, clinician, and conductor, Dr. Justeson has appeared in venues such as New York's Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium and Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall, Dallas' Meyerson Center, San Antonio Symphony Hall, Allentown Symphony Hall and San Diego's Copley Symphony Hall. A proponent of new music, Jeremy Justeson has premiered numerous pieces, worked with many of the day's leading composers and performs as a member of the New York City based, American Modern Ensemble. He also serves as the Executive Director of the CASE Arts Group, Inc. a non-profit arts organization supporting performances and commissions of new music. Current CASE projects include a consortium commission of composer Joan Tower for her first original work for solo saxophone. Jeremy Justeson's celebrated debut CD Juggernaut is available nationally on the Equilibrium label. A native of San Diego, Jeremy Justeson received the Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Fullerton, the Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Jeremy Justeson's primary saxophone teachers have included James Rötter, Harvey Pittel and Dr. Frederick L. Hemke. Jeremy Justeson is a Selmer Performing Artist and Clinician.