Press quotes - Performance
“Andy Scott was the soloist here, demonstrating apparently effortless control”
Review of Concerto for Stan Getz with the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor John Wilson at the South Bank Centre
“Andy Scott is a consumate musician. He knows about a wide variety of music, can write and play in these styles with great expertise, and is a dynamic teacher in these areas as well. I've had the pleasure of working with Andy at the RNCM numerous times, and he always displays a great enthusiasm and focus in what he does. We need more teachers and players, and, most importantly, instigators to keep the music fresh and moving forward."
“..as comfortable and fearless as a duo can get”
Modern Drummer (reviews Sand Dancer, Dave Hassell-Andy Scott Duo)
“The sheer raw energy…two people couldn’t possibly make that much music!”
Saxophone Journal, US (reviews Sand Dancer, Dave Hassell-Andy Scott Duo)
“HERE'S an album to demolish the distinction between 'local' players and `world-class' players. As an example of elaborate arrangements, tuneful melodies and big band dynamics, Sax Of Gold (SaxAssault CD) bears comparison with anything being produced by the more vaunted Stateside jazz fraternity…”
Manchester Evening News
“Andy Scott's SaxAssault in the Lemon Tree on Saturday night brought back that old frisson of musical excitement, and then some... ...I was left just wondering what old Adolphe Sax would think of his family of children today. Would they have set his feet a-tapping even there in his grave in the Cimetière de Montmartre in Paris? They certainly did it for me.”
“The air in the centre of the semi-circle is charged and sparks are flying. Assault is the right word for it – this big ritzy soulful barrage hits you square in the chest... ...In true jazz spirit, the music feels spontaneous, even precarious, but these musicians know intuitively when to have it swell, rise, fall, crash and cascade over the room – like a hotpot simmering and bubbling as they turn up the heat.”
“Nine saxophones from Sopranino to Bass, combined with a funky rhythm section and Andy's roaring charts, SaxAssault gets rave reviews whenever it plays live. Featuring an exceptional line up of sax players and rhythm section, this group exudes energy and excitement!”
“Andy Scott's fabulous band 'Sax Assault' spectacularly wowed the audience with a cornucopia of sounds, colours and textures from roaring funk, through potent swing to quiet meditation"
“Allied to the music's ebullience came the phenomenal skill of the Apollo Four. Thompson's writing made their fingers scamper off their knuckles in search of new swoops and gurgles, or the silkiest transformation from furnace blast to the softest whisper this side of the Milky Way.”
“If they were any tighter, I’d ask for a dope test!”
”...the quartet’s ensemble of saxophone registers sounding as tight as fingers in a fist”
“A polished and perceptive performance... marvellous textural variety... also humour”
“A unique virtuoso banquet”
Classical Music Magazine
“A truly inspiring evening that had jaws dropping at the amazing expertise of four faultless musicians... They really proved that the sound of the saxophone knows no musical bounds, and nor do they.”
"Caliente gave a balanced and varied programme which was just perfect for an afternoon recital. Their energetic opening piece Brasileira from Scaramouche by Milhaud brought all the sunshine of Brazil to Manchester."
PAN, The Journal of the British Flute Society