In the whole of the twentieth century no other instrumentalist exercised such an enduring influence in the international saxophone world as Jean-Marie Londeix. In celebration of the 85th birthday of this French virtuoso and living legend, the Dabringhaus & Grimm Archive series is rereleasing the four CD set replete with historic recordings from 1957 to 1995. This portrait offers a representative cross section from a rich artist’s life as well as an overview of the important saxophone literature of a whole epoch. The program includes recordings by the young Jean-Marie Londeix at the age of twenty-five as well as productions made when he was sixtythree. The good two dozen extraordinary compositions all are interpreted by him with great sensitivity and succinctness. The recordings on this CD are from the artist’s private archive; many of them had never been released before, and some of the originals had long disappeared from the market. Now these interpretations by this exceptional musician celebrate their long overdue acoustic rebirth. Some of the composers whose works are being presented here for the first time on CD accompanied Londeix personally during the recordings as conductors or fellow chamber musicians. It is thus that many of the musical rediscoveries recorded here, among them Pierre-Philippe Bauzin’s Poème op. 20 and the Concerto by Pierre-Max Dubois, rank as genuine rarities. Almost all the selections on this edition were composed by contemporaries and friends of the “saxophone president” (Washington Post). Claude Debussy’s Syrinx is the only exception. Londeix himself arranged this work for saxophone in 1913. Most of the other pieces were composed especially for Jean-Marie and his instrument – so that there is no need to ask who interpreted them on their premiere.