Live in Zurich (World Saxophone Quartet album)

Live in Zurich is an album by the jazz group the World Saxophone Quartet recorded in 1981 and released on the Italian Black Saint label.

Live in Zurich
Live album by
RecordedNovember 6, 1981
LabelBlack Saint
World Saxophone Quartet chronology
Live in Zurich
Live at Brooklyn Academy of Music

The album features live performances by Hamiet Bluiett, Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake and David Murray recorded in Zurich on November 6, 1981. The album features Julius Hemphill's compositions almost exclusively apart from opening and closing versions of the 'WSQ theme', "Hattie Wall".


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars, stating, "By 1981, after four years of existence, it was obvious that the most talented writer in the World Saxophone Quartet was altoist Julius Hemphill. This Black Saint release finds Hemphill contributing six of the eight pieces (the other two are by Hamiet Bluiett), including the hard-swinging "Bordertown," the colorful "Steppin" and a vivid feature for David Murray's tenor on "My First Winter." A particularly strong release by a classic and innovative group.".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[2]

Track listing

  1. "Hattie Wall" (Bluiett) – 1:40
  2. "Funny Paper" (Hemphill) – 4:45
  3. "Touchic" (Hemphill) – 5:21
  4. "My First Winter" (Hemphill) – 6:54
  5. "Bordertown" (Hemphill) – 7:30
  6. "Steppin'" (Hemphill) – 7:15
  7. "Stick" (Hemphill) – 5:18
  8. "Hattie Wall" (Bluiett) – 1:30



  1. Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed July 19, 2011
  2. Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 210. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
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