Review of Bach BWV 1006 for two saxophones and piano
National Association of College Wind & Percussion Instructors Journal, Spring, 2019
...The celebrated saxophonist and pedagogue Dave Camwell again reinvigorates this staple of the classical canon through his subsequent adaptation for two alto saxophones and piano...
...The solo line is shared between the two saxophone parts, and although this can present challenges for matching sound and style within a split melodic line, Camwell masterfully divides the lines seamlessly...
...The articulations are all meticulously notated, facilitating the matching of style and texture between the saxophonists...
...Camwell’s adaptation serves as a welcome addition to the saxophone literature, particularly that of music for two saxophones...
...This edition also provides an excellent way to connect young saxophonists to the music of Bach...
- Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert
Review of Handel Sonata N.3
National Association of College Wind & Percussion Instructors Journal, Spring, 2019 & THESAXOPHONIST.ORG
...Dave Camwell’s adaptation of G.F. Handel’s Sonata in F (HWV 370) is an inspired reimagination and will find a comfortable home in any saxophone studio collection...
...Camwell gives excellent, concise summaries and examples for the proper execution of common Baroque ornamentation...
...Dave Camwell’s arrangement is a strong addition to the early music catalog for saxophone and piano and his new performance suggestions improve upon earlier editions of the work for the instrument...
- Dr. James Barger
...Saxophonists of all levels of ability will find this edition to be an extremely satisfying study...
...In addition to being a beautiful and challenging recital piece, Camwell’s arrangement can be utilized as a set of exercises to learn the various turns, mordants, and varieties of trills used in the Baroque composition. It is a piece appropriate for the developing saxophonist as well as the seasoned professional. This edition of Handel’s familiar sonata truly shines new light on a work that has been a mainstay of saxophone study for decades...
- Dr. Heidi Radtke
Review of J.S. Bach BWV 1013 by Dr. Ashley Kelly
National Association of College Wind & Percussion Instructors Journal, Winter, 2018
...Dave Camwell’s arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Partita in A minor, BWV 1013 is well-presented and would be a welcomed addition to any studio library...
Review of Bach BWV 1005 for two saxophones and piano by Dr. Ashley Kelly
National Association of College Wind & Percussion Instructors Journal, Winter, 2018
...Dave Camwell’s arrangement of the last movement from Sonata No. 3 BWV 1005 for solo violin addresses many areas of concern for soloists and breathes new life into this historic piece of music...
...Dave Camwell’s arrangement of Allegro Assai from Sonata No. 3, BWV 1005 is delightfully written and deserves further attention...
...it would make an excellent addition to any chamber music or solo recital and would be an excellent way to connect students to music from this time period...
Review of 24 Bach Chorales by Dr. Heidi Radtke
the saxophonist.org, January, 2018
...While other publications of four-part chorales arranged specifically for saxophone quartet exist, Camwell’s collection is the most extensive...
...advanced players and established saxophone quartets would find these arrangements especially satisfying and challenging...
...Camwell’s edition allows for creativity, spontaneity and individual expression...
Felix Mendelssohn Trios 1&2 (2016)
Teal Creek Music
Barney Sherman, Host of Iowa Public Radio Classical:
"They sustain and shape the lines so musically, phrase them so naturally and songfully, and tune their instruments together so truly and beautifully that they let me hear details and connections I’d never noticed before (and I've heard this music a lot in the original form). Felix, I'd like to imagine, would have loved it as much as I did."
Teal Creek Music TC-2022
...This is a great programme of music, with many personal favourites including in particular the Bach Double Concerto and Poulenc Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano. The arrangements, which are mainly by Dave Camwell himself, are for interesting and unusual combinations of instruments, featuring a number of different performers. This is a most effective demonstration of how the saxophone interacts and blends with other instruments in unconventional pairings or groups. - Alison Owen-Morley, Saxofonix UK.
...I highly encourage you to purchase this CD and let all the talented musicians on this album transport you through time. - Emma Di Marco, Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Journal Vol. 16, issue 1.
......Camwell plays with a pleasant sound and assured phrasing, and he has the fingers to match his artistic intent. He boasts equal command of the soprano and the alto saxophones, and he blends well into a solid supporting cast... - American Record Guide
...this Indianola-based artist has created a varied, engaging recital of music from four centuries, some in arrangements, some brand-new. - Barney Sherman, Iowa Public Radio
...Camwell’s performance on the Bach is crisp, and he does an excellent job in balancing his part with the other members of the original ensemble (i.e., oboe and piano), considering he is substituting for the violin...Camwell and ensemble members present a convincing portrait of this music and its unique nuances. Dave Camwell’s CD, Timescape, is a collection of compositions spanning a wide spectrum of time, but is creatively woven together by stellar performances and intriguing musical selections...producing a flowing momentum that not only sings, but also crackles with vigor and resolve. - Frank Bongorno, Saxophone Today.
...The overarching emotion is one of unbridled joy—infectious at every turn. Stravinsky-like punctuation keeps everyone on their toes before the goal of reaching higher, then still higher—topped off by a delightfully furious trill—paves the way for a collective shriek of delight to bring this musical rollercoaster to a spectacular conclusion. - James Wegg Review.
"Saxophonist Dave Camwell's third release on Teal Creek is an odyssey of saxophone music (or arranged for saxophone) through the centuries, from Bach to Reich, via Paganini. Most of the repertoire, though, is from the 20th and 21st centuries: Poulenc, Reich, Touchi, Mellits, and Peterson. Camwell's playing is really impressive and the clear production offers an ideal backdrop for such a talented performer." - Thomas Deneuville, I Care If You Listen.
Teal Creek Music TC-2019
...beautiful and exciting...Well-made and well-played all the way around... - BigCityBlog
...Dave Camwell's second solo recording is a beautiful and powerful recording. It is tremendously well performed and each of the works selected provide a great opportunity for all saxophonists to hear wonderful arrangements of the works of Bach for the saxophone. Camwell is to be commended for his beautiful tone and excellent musicianship on this recording. - Dr. Stephen Fischer, NASA Symposium.
...The accuracy and integrity of the music is of the highest standard...Not only is the virtuosity of the performance of any given lines brilliant, but the skill of playing each of these lines separately, yet so accurate as to create a single unified sound. It is one instrument, one musician, one glorious piece masterfully composed both by Bach and by Camwell...This is a delightful album, extremely well performed. Don't just consider this for your collection, but tell your friends. Bach-it-Forward! - Chip Michael, Interchanging Idioms.
...a fascinating spatially-separated examination of Bach’s clever counterpoint. The seven-minute opening movement of the famous Harpsichord Concerto in d minor features all four of the guest saxists joining Camwell for a rich and exciting sound. - John Sunier, Audiophile Audition.
Saxophonist Camwell, comfortable in both the jazz and classical idioms, takes the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and makes it come alive...delights and soothes the mind. The beauty and gentleness of works such as "Little Fugue in G Minor" and "Concerto in F" (movement 3), both tracks that feature Camwell on all parts, are joyous. Classical music for saxophone, either original or transcribed, is nothing new yet "Bach-Centric" is fresh and entertaining. - Richard Kamins, Star Tempest.
While doing research for my new documentary BACH & more friends, I came across the Bach-Centric CD. I fell in love with it immediately and knew Dave Camwell had to be a part of my new film. Dave's playing and the ensemble work of the Oasis group is Bach performed at its highest level. - Michael Lawrence, Bach and Friends.
...a masterpiece CD consisting of saxophones playing Bach’s music...musical dancing bliss.... - David Gibson, Saxophone Journal.
Teal Creek Music TC-2012
Fantastic and sublime playing! - John Anthony Lennon.
...Dave Camwell is a saxophonist of the first order and demonstrates easily his technical mastery of the instrument and artistic interpretation of repertoire. His tone is warm, rich, and supple with the ability to flex his muscles when needed...Aeterna is ethereal and imaginative and Camwell’s performance on this CD is perhaps a performing hallmark for this piece...Aeterna is an extremely inspiring CD of beautiful artistic music and Dave Camwell’s saxophone artistry sets him apart from the crowd. - Paul Wagner, Saxophone Journal.
...the CD ends with a final treat for the listener, an "encore" track of Paganini's Caprice No. 24, Op. 1 performed live. Camwell rises above the challenging technical aspects of this work to present a dynamic live performance that recalls the musical showmanship characteristic of Paganini. This recording should prove to have a wide-ranging audience of saxophonists and non-saxophonists alike. The variety presented between classical, jazz influenced, and contemporary music along with the commissions and arrangements is reason enough for this CD to be in any saxophonist's collection. However, the musicianship and versatility that Dave Camwell demonstrates in the breadth of this CD make it a truly valuable and enjoyable recording. - Benjamin Faris, NASA Symposium.
I love the effects you added to Diminishing Returns. I admire performers unafraid to take interpretive chances. - Stephen Galante.
Oasis Quartet (2009)
I was fortunate to hear the Oasis Quartet perform this program at Mark Overton's Saxquest in St. Louis. The saxophonists are Nathan Nabb, soprano, James Bunte, alto, Dave Camwell, tenor and Jim Romain, Baritone (saxophones). All are consummate professionals appearing nationally and internationally in chamber settings and with major symphonies. Whereas The Rascher Saxophone Quartet's performance of Glass is quite notable, I believe, the Oasis Quartet adds a further dimension. The intonation, phrasing, blending and interpretation is mesmerizing. This is a recording not to be missed and the (in studio) recording engineer was faithful to the performance. - Ronald E. Lakey
...The Oasis Quartet performs with impeccable technique and intonation, and the players have a sweet, pure tone... - Stephen Eddins, All Music.
...the Oasis Quartet does an extraordinary job of blending as a chamber ensemble during the course of this beautiful work (Glass)...Highly technical and virtuosic, each of the members of the quartet easily demonstrate the high levels of ability and artistry each of them have on their instruments while seamlessly moving between the various sections of the work (Escaich)...During the work (Gotkovsky) each of the members of the quartet again demonstrate their abilities to perform with beautiful blend, tone, and rhythmic accuracy demonstrated at the highest level. The Finale is an extremely powerful and exciting way to end both the work and recording. ...The members of the quartet should be applauded for their high attention to detail and musicianship in performing these powerful works. - Dr. Stephen Fischer, NASA Symposium.
The Oasis Quartet's performance is brilliant, strong and exciting...The playing is just simply lovely, with dead-on tuning, tasteful and elegant articulation and stunning virtuosity. - Sue Fancher, Saxophone Journal.
...The saxophones of the Oasis Quartet bound through the full range of expression and energy in their new self-titled release on the Innova label...The group’s members – James Bunte, Dave Camwell, Nathan Nabb and James Romain – unite the CD’s stylistically divergent content with their collective crispness, obvious instrumental mastery and subtly executed interpretations... - Garrett Schumann, Sequenza21.
...Since their formation in 2007, they have molded that diversity into a most impressive ensemble, their performances meticulous, vital, responsive to nuance, and tonally rich...the Oasis Quartet’s precision — even passagework, uniformity of tone, seamless line, and unfailing balance and intonation — is most impressive. - Ronald Grimes, Fanfare Magazine.
...the Oasis Quartet–the group and the album–offers up a generous serving of sinuous saxophone for lovers of clean tones. - Arcane Candy.