(Solo Saxophone) Etudes 1999

This recording came about because Peter Nelson wished to present a live-to-air segment on his program, "On The Corner," on 2SER (Sydney). I was in Sydney for a gig with The Engine Room at SIMA.

Basically it ended up being a private concert with my sister, Rachael, present also. I had not really focused properly on solo performance before except for a few occasions where it had just been the easy thing to do. So for this session I decided to follow the lead of Anthony Braxton (and others) in exploring particular things in each separate piece.

As a result of being prompted by my father to actually release this music on CD, I began to consider what playing solo was actually about and it has since become a vital part of my music-making. This recording really is at the very beginning of that journey!


released 01 June 1999
Adam Simmons – tenor & soprano saxophones

All compositions by Adam Simmons

Recorded by Peter Nelson, direct to DAT at the Seymour Centre, Sydney on March 5, 1999
Mastered by Ren Walters
Illustration by Stella Foster
Photograph by Tim McNeilage
Design and layout by Vicki Simmons