Takin' It 2 the Next Level

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Takin' It 2 the Next Level
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Studio album by World Saxophone Quartet
Released 1996
Recorded June 10–12, 1996
Genre Jazz
Length 66:46
Label Justin Time
Producer World Saxophone Quartet
World Saxophone Quartet chronology
Four Now
(1996)Four Now1996
Takin' It 2 the Next Level
Selim Sivad: A Tribute to Miles Davis
(1998)Selim Sivad: A Tribute to Miles Davis1998

Takin' It 2 the Next Level is an album by the jazz group the World Saxophone Quartet released by the Canadian Justin Time label. The album features performances by Hamiet Bluiett, John Purcell, Oliver Lake and David Murray, with a rhythm section of Don Blackman, Calvin X Jones and Ronnie Burrage.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 3 stars, stating, "Mostly sticking to group originals, the expanded band explores many moods on such numbers as "Wiring," "Rio," "The Desegregation of Our Children" and "When Thee Monarchs Come to Town.".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wiring" (Lake) - 6:28
  2. "Soft Landing" (Lake) - 1:11
  3. "Rio" (Lake) - 7:30
  4. "The Peace Before" (Blackman) - 1:23
  5. "Blues for a Warrior Spirit" (Bluiett) - 13:08
  6. "The Desegregation of Our Children" (Murray) - 12:35
  7. "When the Monarchs Come to Town" (Murray) - 2:51
  8. "Endless Flight" (Burrage) - 7:35
  9. "Ballad After Us" (Purcell) - 4:36
  10. "Australopithecus" (Underwood) - 9:29



  1. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed August 1, 2011