Andy Scott's SaxAssault
Formed in 1994, Andy Scott's SaxAssault is a large jazz ensemble, consisting of nine saxophones from sopranino through to bass plus rhythm section. Andy’s compositions for SaxAssault are carefully crafted to feature every member of the ensemble, whether an improviser or more classically-trained musician. SaxAssault has been featured on BBC Radio 3 Jazz Notes performing new compositions by Andy commissioned as a result of him receiving the Peter Whittingham Award. The group has released two CDs, Bang! (1996) and Sax of Gold with special guests Bob Mintzer on tenor saxophone and Gwilym Simcock on piano (2007), and performed by invitation at the World Saxophone Congress in Slovenia. Most recently Andy Scott’s SaxAssault undertook a UK tour in autumn 2012, including a sell-out performance at the London Jazz Festival.
Current members: Rob Buckland, Carl Raven, Simon Willescroft, Andy Scott, Dave Graham, Mike Hall, John Helliwell, Andy Morel, Jim Fieldhouse (saxophone), George King (piano), Ollie Collins (bass), and Elliott Henshaw (drums). SaxAssault guest performers have included: Julian Arguelles, Iain Ballamy, Neil Crossley, Iain Dixon, Dave Eno, Mick Foster, Tim France, Steve Gilbert, Nicky Illes, Bob Mintzer, Jake Newman, Carl Raven, Andy Schofield, Gwilym Simcock, Martin Slattery, Pete Turner, Steve Williams.
Click to watch SaxAssault play Sax of Gold by Andy Scott, featuring Bob Mintzer.