Colfax Avenue is the longest commercial street in the United States, stretching from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, through the bustle and traffic of downtown Denver, ending in the tiny town of Strasburg in Colorado’s eastern plains. Similarly, the first movement of Sax Syntax moves from busy, frantic energy to open, pastoral sweep.
Borax is a powdery white mineral used in many household cleaning products. It was first mined and transported by 20-mule teams out of Death Valley, whose sere, alien landscape inspired the second movement.
The thorax is the midsection of a bug.
Written by Max Wolpert
Brandon Quarles, soprano saxophone
Hunter Bockes, alto saxophone
Jordan Lulloff, tenor saxophone
János Csontos, baritone saxophone
Recorded live at Grusin Recital Hall, January 29, 2020
Dustin Rumsey, engineer