‘vs Amp’ is my fifth solo album, available now on LP from Raw Tonk Records. As the title suggests, the core of this album is heavily amplified baritone saxophone.
The album was recorded in London in February 2020 by my friend Tim Cedar, who also provided the Fender Twin, and boutique Bassman amps. All ten pieces on the album were improvised in one take with no additional over-dubs or edits.
“..a remarkably tight, fat-free and diverse album by a musician who not only possesses an incredible technique, but also a productive imagination and a great sense of humour and perspective, which trickle down into the details.” – Guy Peters, Enola (full review)
“Manipulating amplifier feedback through his baritone saxophone, Colin Webster explores rhythm and tone, foregrounding the mechanics of the instrument and the presence of the breath” – Stewart Smith, The Wire
“The application of circular breathing techniques are essential to this ritual-ready, sustain-heavy sound, it seems. Fans of an ensemble like Phurpa might get as much out of it as jazz cadets into, say, Peter Brötzmann, and if you happen to be the sort of wildcat who likes both, then Vs Amp is likely your kind of journey into sound.” Noel Gardner, The Quietus (full review)
“It is another example of the ingenuity of this exceptional saxophonist, who with vs Amp shows in a very beautiful way how you can increase the possibilities of that instrument with an apparently simple intervention in the sound of the saxophone.” – Gert Derkx, Opduvel (full review)
Review by Nethergrounds
Review by Spontaneous Music Tribune (in Polish)
Review by Le Gri Gri (in French)
Line-up: Colin Webster – baritone saxophone