Lucky diners feasted on a polished prix fixe menu of savory saxophone music at the Costa Mesa Mother’s Market this past Sunday afternoon. Four artist-teachers with significant solo performance and recording credits and a genuine passion for quality music making treated restaurant guests to an exceptional performance.
Buddy Goldfarb, Gary Gould, Alan Remington and Michael Reznick comprise Horns of Plenty – four musicians who strive for and thrive on the well-executed performance. Between their busy individual teaching and gigging routines the players manage to find time once a week to rehearse together. The result is a tight, nuanced and informed presentation of tunes ranging from fun and silly to patriotic and musical theatre selections, standards, jazz and even a few cleverly arranged classical numbers.
Filling a short pause between songs, tenor sax player Alan Remington jested for the audience. ‘The guys are changing reeds, but it won’t make any difference.’ Remington arranges much of the music played by the quartet. In their first set the group skillfully showcased their coordinated playing as they transitioned from classic show tunes and jazz ballads to a precisely articulated, spot-on Gilbert and Sullivan ditty. They closed with a tour de force rendering of a medley from “Les Misérables.”
The Horns of Plenty might be found playing for passersby on beach community streets, at private events, or anywhere around town. The group is set to perform again at Mother’s Market in late October. They have produced two CDs titled, “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” and “Songs of the Season.” The albums are available for sale wherever the quartet performs. Watch the Costa Mesa Mother’s Market schedule of events closely for the next Horns of Plenty saxophone quartet performance because this group is not to be missed.