Second Wind

Parma Recordings/Navona

To be released on December 13. Click here for more information.

Raymond Tuttle - Fanfare

  • An interesting, wide-ranging program from a masterful saxophonist.
  • Camwell's mellifluous tone makes the central Largo of Vivaldi's concerto especially delightful. 
  • I think any saxophonist would be inspired by it, and would benefit by following Dr. Camwell's example.

Jeremy Koch - principal saxophonist of The United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC. Reviewed in NACWPI Journal, Volume 67, Issue 2, Spring 2020.

  • …Dave Camwell successfully demonstrates his adaptable musical dexterity in this cornucopia of thoughtful programming, partnered with world-class chamber soloists and commendable ensemble performance. This recording delightfully pays homage to compositional masters that never had the opportunity to write for such an expressive instrument, while giving renewed energy to saxophone standards and improvisatory inspired works. 
  • …these (Bach, Handel, Vivaldi) arrangements are a welcome example of baroque stylings, full of imaginative ornamented improvisatory elements, exhibiting Camwell’s warm sound and penchant for clear, intentional phrasing.
  • …this recording showcases Camwell’s versatility; he is not only a master of styles, comfortable in many genres, but is also an accomplished arranger and improvisor.
  • The Muczynski Sonata's Allegro energico is an exciting, rhythmic, and percussive powerhouse that showcases the performer’s technical prowess and altissimo control. There are countless recordings and performances where saxophonists too often cross into an overtly aggressive interpretation, but Camwell, restrained and controlled, delivers a very exciting presentation, easily vacillating between opposing motivic characters.
  • The delicate playing between the flute, saxophone, and piano create an expressive dialogue, presenting a clear, intimate tribute that is perfectly balanced and sets the standard for this unique chamber work (Koechlin Epitaphe).

Huntley Dent - Fanfare

  • ...Camwell’s upper register sounds almost flute-like, and he’s so delicate and smooth in fast passagework…
  • ...soulful and memorable…
  • ...Camwell has put considerable thought into the program, and there was more than a little work involved in gathering not just other instrumentalists but a chorus and two wind bands, to which one can add the additional work of arranging the Baroque pieces. It all came together in a rewarding CD that I found delightful from first to last. 
  • A varied and delightful program with broad appeal and real entertainment value.

Colin Clarke - Fanfare

  • ...Dave Camwell offers a slightly different focus, sax or two saxes with piano, the first piece heard in Schumann’s arrangement with piano with added lines by Camwell, the second in the Schumann but with lines from BWV29. It all works brilliantly…
  • ...there is a real feeling of satisfaction in listening to performances that are so meticulously prepared. In the arrangement from the Bach Violin Sonata, the two saxes chase each other like cat and mouse...
  • Camwell is superb; listen to how the delivery of each and every note is carefully considered in the Allegro. 
  • Camwell’s virtuosity is fully on display here.
  • This is warm, engaging music whose gentle undermining of the original enables the music to veer off in all sorts of stimulating directions…
  • The performance is terrifically judged, the band on pinpoint form while the soloists excel.

Dr. Wally Wallace: Saxophone Academy Podcast

  • Beautiful and great arrangements...
  • A really lovely recording to listen to...
  • Very listenable...really pretty...
  • Camwell’s tenor playing is really lovely on this CD…
  • Dave Camwell - good guy, great playing!

Suite N.1 BWV 1007

National Association of College Wind & Percussion Instructors Journal, Fall, 2019

...The most impressive element of this new arrangement are Camwell’s suggested ornamentations. The difficulty of producing historically accurate ornaments is well known to students and teachers alike. Camwell’s ornaments serve as a guide to what is stylistic and appropriate. Students performing this edition will gain insight and understanding into what is possible, and will gain the skills required to improvise Baroque ornamentation.

This new edition of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G major is a welcome addition to the library of Bach transcriptions for saxophone. Camwell’s thoughtful use of dynamics and articulation allow Bach’s writing to be clear despite the change in medium. Schumann’s sparse accompaniment in no way distracts from the original composition, and in many instances his harmonic reimagination enhances Bach’s musical meaning. Saxophonists interested in fresh approaches to baroque transcriptions, and teachers looking to introduce Baroque ornamentation will find this new arrangement especially valuable. - Dr. Matthew Tracy

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Concerto after Mendelssohn

Alberta winds & dave camwell

Dedicated to Dave Camwell by composer David Canfield.

"...we had the chance to record David Canfield's fantastic Concerto after Mendelssohn with the virtuosic Dave Camwell on the tenor saxophone for his album to be released later this year. Stay tuned for more details!"

May, 2019

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

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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

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...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 

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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...

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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...

 

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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...

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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."

Timescape (2013)

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

Bach-Centric (2010)

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.