Cantor Scamper, Russ Carere

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Cantor Scamper, Russ Carere
Year of Composition:     Composed for the ASQ

Composer Biography

1955 —

Russ Carere has written thirteen works for the ASQ, and has recently released a solo CD of his original light jazz compositions. He has been a permanent member of the Amherst Saxophone Quartet since 1990, has been associated with the Quartet since 1982. Russ began playing saxophone in the third grade and soon afterwards added the clarinet, flute and guitar. Soon after high school he began performing in professional theatre and musicals. While attending SUNY at Fredonia he toured Poland with the Fredonia State Jazz ensemble. He has performed and toured with a long list of entertainers including Burt Bacharach, The Spinners, Temptations, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole and Kenny Rodgers, and with the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Artpark Orchestra.

Composition Notes

Cantor Scamper is a tribute to a favorite presenter in the Pittsburg area, Owen Cantor. His non-stop, energy and drive is represented in this fast-paced music by Russ's use of double tonging technique. There is a slight pause in the "scampering," since on occasion Owen allowed the ASQ to slow down just long enough for a bowl of soup before the flurry of activity began again! The beautiful melody in Danny Girl represents the slow thoughtful music of ragtime ballads. The inspiration for this charming piece comes from Danielle, a special young lady whose obvious outward beauty radiates, but her inward beauty is truly a special gift.