Six Fingerings

by Jacob Zimmerman

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The four pieces included on this recording are compositional/technical studies that utilize a limited collection of six basic fingerings on the alto saxophone. My purpose was to explore and, to a certain extent, harness the widely varied and often chaotic sounds that can be achieved through articulation and embouchure manipulation.

In addition the process of recording on to tape created an analogous approach. At various times during the performances recording engineer Jameson Swanagon manipulated the tape recorder to create different results such as distortion, slight pitch alteration, etc. The recordings were then edited digitally maintaining the continuity of the original performances. While these pieces are still conceptually performance-based studies, I chose to embrace the possibilities of recording technology without the limitation of creating something that would be physically possible in performance.


released December 10, 2010

Jacob Zimmerman - alto saxophone, compositions. Recorded December 2009 in the Mills College Concert Hall on to a Sony TC-200 1/4 inch tape recorder by Jameson Swanagon. Mixed and edited by Jacob Zimmerman. Mastered by Alex Vittum. Special thanks to James Fei and Roscoe Mitchell.



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Jacob Zimmerman Seattle, Washington

Saxophonist and clarinetist Jacob Zimmerman is an extremely versatile and integral part of the local creative-music community. Jacob studied at Garfield High School, the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and Mills College in Oakland. His teachers have included Roscoe Mitchell and Jerry Bergonzi. Jacob was recognized as the “2013 Emerging Artist of Year” by Earshot Jazz. ... more

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