Breath of Life (World Saxophone Quartet album)

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

Breath of Life
Studio album by
RecordedApril & September 1992
ProducerHamiett Bluiett
World Saxophone Quartet chronology
Moving Right Along
Breath of Life
Four Now


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]

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Track listing

  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. Campbell, A. Allmusic Review accessed January 5, 2011
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