Hornweb Sax Quartet
Discus HWSQ1
Available formats: DL


Martin Archer – soprano saxophone
Derek Saw – sopranino, alto, tenor & baritone saxophones
Nigel Manning – tenor & alto saxophones, flute, clarinet
Vic Middleton – baritone saxophone, flute

The first Hornweb LP. Vinyl now sold out, available on DL only.

The first Hornweb album – dubbed from unplayed vinyl and remastered for DL by Dean Honer. Recorded over a 6 month period in 1985, and featuring the band’s live repertoire as played round the jazz clubs and arts centres of the UK. Originally released on the Cadillac label in 1986.

Between 1983 and 1993, Hornweb was Martin Archer’s principal music activity. The groups repertoire comprised straight ahead jazz, blues, abstract composition and free improvisation, all of which are represented on this debut recording.

According to the Penguin Guide to Jazz “Of the many sax only groups working in post – bop improvisation, Hornweb are the most demanding and in many ways the most satisfying. While standing remote from any of the traditional aspirations of the 29th Street or WSQ, their avant -garde techniques seen far less affected than ROVA ….. Their co-operative intensity moves toward a triumphant assertion of the group spirit over individual ego ….. An important document of a particular strand in the British improvising scene in recent years”.


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