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Gary Louie

  • Saxophonist

Reviews

GARY LOUIE press reviews

"Seldom do you hear a performer who does everything technically and stylistically to spectacular effect, making a sonic statement that propels one into the music itself.  That's what Gary Louie did when he joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for Glazunov's Alto Saxophone Concerto and Milhaud's Scaramouche.  His legato, jet-speed articulation and multidimensional color-scape stunned listeners into disbelief."
THE WASHINGTON POST

"There is actually only one concerto on this disc, which is titled ‘Classic Saxophone Concertos,’ but never mind. The repertoire provides Gary Louie with many opportunities to explore the expressive range of the instrument he plays so superbly. Only two of the five pieces were written specifically for saxophone. The others are arrangements that couldn’t sound more natural or apt in Louie’s rapt performances. Louie leaves the listener unaware of any obstacle."
GRAMOPHONE


"Louis boasts skillful phrasing, a wide dynamic range, admirable control in all registers, nimble technique, and the right touch of vibrato. Overall, his sound meshes very well with strings, and musicians and non-musicians alike should find his interpretations convincing."
AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

"Gary Louie, the noted saxophonist with the disarmingly understated virtuosity, had the spotlight in Milhaud’s saucy Scaramouche. With remarkable dexterity and a finely polished tone, Louie also excelled as soloist in Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto."
THE BALTIMORE SUN

"Another departure from the concert norm was the solo appearance of saxophonist Gary Louie, a master of the instrument with a sweet tone and fluid technique that always revealed the expressive innards of the music at hand."
THE PLAIN DEALER (Cleveland)

"Louie plays his instrument with a high, sweet, tremulous, near-vocal quality that has absolutely nothing to do with the squalling, visceral use of the sax we find in much American jazz. His recital at the Terrace Theater was an inspired artistic event."
THE WASHINGTON POST

"Although Venzago was aiming for a crisper, Stravinsky-like style [Milhaud La Création du Monde], there still was a nice bite to the snappier moments and a good deal of sultry inference elsewhere. Gary Louie was the superb soloist on alto sax."
THE BALTIMORE SUN

"Gary Louie is a saxophonist with a fluent, supple technique and a lively interpretive imagination. Phrases were shaped carefully and compellingly, with a beautifully regulated vibrato and a firm command of the instrument's coloristic range."
THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Without a doubt, Louie is an astonishing player, one who draws a wealth of varied tone colors and shadings from his alto saxophone much the way Richard Stoltzman and Heinz Holliger do on clarinet and oboe."
LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Gary Louie is a top-class man in his trade, which is playing classical music on the alto saxophone. That was what was to be demonstrated by the recital he gave at Jordan Hall, and demonstrated it was."
THE BOSTON GLOBE

The American soloist Gary Louie was highly convincing and a real highlight of the evening. He presented the saxophone as a breathtaking, restless and a little bit demonic instrument as well as - in the second movement - a blooming Bel Canto voice. Louie got the utmost out of the 20-minute Creston concerto, and earned a large ovation."
AUGSBURGER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG