Tucson Citizen/Friday, December 9, 1988
Amherst Sax Quartet puts on arresting performance


"By that time, the scoring had become too complex to figure, so the only thing to do was kick back and enjoy the quirky beauty of Ira Kraemers's "Petite Suite." The three-note rhythmic bursts and ambiguous harmonies of the opening "Prelude" movement gave Amherst a chance to show off its tight, clock-like precision playing. The upbeat midsection of the following "Nocturne" movement pitted pairs of saxophones against each other, one half providing melody to the other's bracing melody and harmony lines, while the Fellini-like "Vaudeville" movement brought the work to a carnivalesque close."