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Saxman ‘The Stuff that Dreams are made of...’

            “With the warmth of his sax sound, inspired by the cinema of the ‘40s,
“The Stuff that Dreams are made of…’, Saxman’s new album is a real moment of pleasure for jazz fans everywhere. Residing in France for over a decade, the native californian Shannon Murray, becomes ‘Saxman’ once he picks up his saxophone. For ‘The Stuff that Dreams are made of…’, his third solo album, Saxman is accompanied by Guillaume Souriau on the double bass, Emile Biayenda on drums and Didier Fréboeuf on the piano. With this line up Saxman , against the backdrop of the cinema of the ’40s, takes us through a musical voyage of original compositions that are more highly acclaimed than were the films that inspired the album at the time of their release..”

Jean-Jacques Dikongué / tribune2lartiste.com

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The Stuff that Dreams are made of ...
“A very agreeable album from the quartet. (Saxman) is a very talented saxophonist whose clear and rich tenor sound remindsone of Gato, Sonny and other Sax greats. The music is melodic, warm , dynamic and, with eight original compositions from Saxman, ideal for a classic jazz quartet : sax, piano, double bass and drums. The themes are well developed and the solos flow naturally. The Sidemen make their presence felt. Guillaume Souriau (bass) and Didier Fréboeuf (piano), traditionally trained jazz musicians, anchor themselves on the percussive rhythms of drummer Emile Biayenda, who now lives in France, after a long stint playing in the Congo and Namibia, which explains his influences. This new album from Saxman is a great success.”
Philippe Desmond / The Blue Gazette / Bordeaux, France

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The Stuff that Dreams are made of ...
“It pretty much goes without saying that if you're not a fan of jazz, and most importantly, the saxophone, then you won't really enjoy this album. For the rest of us, however, this is an interesting album that sees Shannon Murray (aka SAXMAN ) delivering another smooth jazz set. The album contains 8 tracks and this time around Murray draws inspiration for his work from the 1940s genre of Hollywood cinema known as film noir. This isn't, as you may be expecting, a dark and moody affair, but a rather upbeat collection of saxophone tracks. This is the perfect background music for a quiet night in. Put a log on the fire and turn the lights down low and you're in for a chilled evening ! 8/10 “
Nick Smithson / Review Graveyard / reviewgraveyard.com

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  "With great clarity and warmth, Shannon 'SAXMAN' Murray presented his compositions inspired by the films that he loves and knows so well : « The Maltese Falcon », « Double Indemnity », « The Third Man  » ect...The senses of depth, of softness, of anguish and of suspense are expressed in his brilliantly interpreted and energetic music, allowing us to savor a magnificent evening of West Coast Jazz ! " This original project was a moment of shared pleasures that the public, whether film buff, jazz fan or both, particularly appreciated. And everyone left with a burning desire to see all those films again! "
Chantal Dollet, Jazz-Rhones-Alpes.com / Grenoble-Alpes Métropole Jazz Festival
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“Shannon Saxman Murray seduced a large audience during his ciné-concert, fabulously playing his sax while scenes from Film Noir classics of the ‘50s were projected in the background . A rare moment of grace ! “
Jean-Claude Marron / The Blue Blog - Action Jazz, Jazz Pourpre Jazz Festival, Bergerac, France
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“Saxman’s music places itself amongst the various influences of the West Coast of the U.S. Filled with rhythmical force and melodic diversity, it brings out all the color and charm of the meeting of Jazz with Latin music. ”
Pariscope / Springtime Festival Hotbrass, Paris
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“The quartet brought the castle to life , playing original jazz compositions by Shannon Murray. Not only is he an exceptional saxophonist, but his original video creation, inspired by the Film Noir classics of the 1940’s, marries itself perfectly to the music as well ! ”
The ‘Sud-Ouest ’ newspaper, Nouvelle Aquitaine , France
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It was an exceptional evening at the heart of the museum de la bande dessinée in Angoulême. Saxman and his quartet treated the public of Angoulême to an ‘avant-première’ of the songs off their new album of West Coast Jazz entitled ‘ The Stuff that Dreams are made of…’ With the museum serving as the stage, the sound mysteriously adapted itself to the uniqueness of the setting, offering us a moment of rare musical intensity. The audience, clearly enthralled by the performance, showed their approval by applauding intensely .”
Catherine Bourgoin, director of communication, la Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l'image, Angoulême
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