Breath of Life (WSQ album)

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Breath of Life
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Studio album by World Saxophone Quartet
Released 1994
Recorded April & September 1992
Genre Jazz
Length 61:32
Label Elektra/Nonesuch
Producer Hamiett Bluiett
World Saxophone Quartet chronology
Moving Right Along
Breath of Life
Four Now

Breath of Life is the twelfth album by the jazz group the World Saxophone Quartet. Recorded in 1992 and released in 1994 it was the group's fifth and final album on the Elektra/Nonesuch label and features performances by Hamiet Bluiett, Arthur Blythe, Oliver Lake and David Murray with Fontella Bass and a rhythm section.


The Allmusic review by Al Campbell awarded the album 4 stars and stated "Going a step further from the previous year's experiment with African drums on Metamorphosis, Breath of Life continues to find the sax quartet stretching the boundaries associated with its acappella approach of the past".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Jest a Little" (Oliver Lake) - 9:14
  2. "Cairo Blues" (David Murray) - 1:11
  3. "Suffering with the Blues" (Conyers Temberton) - 5:39
  4. "You Don't Know Me" (Eddy Arnold, Cindy Walker) - 6:35
  5. "Picasso" (Murray) - 5:52
  6. "Song for Camille" (Hamiett Bluiett) - 7:42
  7. "Breath of Life" (Lake) - 4:43
  8. "Deb" (Bluiett) - 4:43
    • Recorded at Clinton Recording Studios and Power Station in New`York City in April and September 1992



  1. ^ a b Campbell, A. Allmusic Review accessed January 5, 2011