“4 out of 5 stars–the saxophone concerto is playfully smoochy…Adams demonstrates how well he understands the instrument, and McAllister how well he can play it…”

Andrew Clark The Financial Times (UK) (June 2014)

“Adams wanted a sax sound associated with jazz performance…McAllister’s powerful performance does have a more ‘American’ sound, while the St. Louis Symphony achieves the intended fusion of bebop into its veins while maintaining a sense of clarity and conciseness throughout…vital, engaging performances by all involved”

Alexandra Gardner NewMusicBox (July 8, 2014)

“The star of the show was the saxophonist Timothy McAllister, all pep and bounce and loose-limbed lyricism in John Adams’s 2013 Saxophone Concerto. It reads like a love letter to the giants of be-bop and swing, with orchestration as plush as a velvet banquette, honeyed harmonies from a choir of flutes and clarinets, and mirror-ball figures for celesta. At ease and alert, McAllister dazzled and crooned…an American dream of neon signage and slick city streets.”

Anna Picard The Times (UK) (9/7/14)

“(John) Adams goes for more than stylizations with [City Noir’s] wily jazz spine. Keeping a sweaty, smoky after-hours jam percolating were Timothy McAllister’s volcanic sax…”

Lewis Whittington American Record Guide (Sept/Oct 2010)

“the main attraction of this enjoyable St. Louis Symphony album, conducted by David Robertson, is Adams’ Saxophone Concerto, composed for the virtuosic Timothy McAllister, who plays it here. Stacked with swing-era allusions, moody 4am interludes and cartwheeling acrobatics, it is unpretentious fun from start to finish”

Richard Morrison The Times London (5/31/14)

“Timothy McAllister, the saxophonist virtuoso for whom this concerto was written, performed with amazing fluency, combining crisp rhythmic energy with infectious, stylish phrasing. Jazz influences, appropriate to the instrument, are often just below the surface. Moody sections, reminiscent of a film noir score, are particularly effective. This is certainly one of the most original and successful concertos written for any instrument in recent decades.”

Rick Walters Express Milwaukee (April 2, 2014)

“McAllister and Goodson have teamed up to present a meticulously performed CD of new music with balance and precision of ensemble rapport, while their musical approach allows the music to sing and move forward effortlessly from the first note through the last note. In Transit does indeed move the listener, with both musical and emotional energy.”

Frank Bongiorno The Saxophone Journal


  • Chamber Music With Saxophone
  • Saxophone Quartets
  • Saxophone Solo or Saxophone With Electronics, Piano or Orchestra


  • Saxophone Concerto

    Adolphus Hailstork


  • Gilt

    Hannah Kendall
  • Voler

    Andrew Litts
  • You Know Me

    David Bennett Thomas
  • Second Threnody

    Renee Baker


  • Yarn

    Marcos Balter
  • Corner

    Helen Feng
  • Self-Portraits, Unfinished (chorus and sax quartet)

    Martin Bresnick
  • oci, oci

    Flannery Cunningham
  • Title

    Adam B Silverman
  • Radical Revelations (reed quintet)

    Nathalie Joachim
  • in a delirium

    Michael Gordon


  • Adagio (For Wadada Leo Smith)

    Tyshawn Sorey
  • Breath

    Jungyoon Wie
  • Graffiti II

    Roberto Sierra
  • Mending Time

    Martin Bresnick
  • Old Tune Renewed

    Bright Sheng
  • Unsung Lullaby

    Juri Seo
  • Where Her Eye Sits for voice and saxophone quartet

    George Lewis
  • Triathlon for Saxophonist and Orchestra

    John Corigliano
  • Kid Gloves

    Griffin Candey
  • Obstacle Illusion

    Zoe Cutler


  • Sweet and Doleful Timbres for soprano saxophone and guitar

    Pierre Jalbert
  • Matacuy

    Gonzalo Garrido-Lecca
  • Careful Shouts

    Nina Shekhar
  • Diptych for a Lockdown

    Andres Eloy Rodriguez
  • S.L.I.C.E.

    Chad 'Sir Wick' Hughes


  • Rise

    Karalyn Schubring


  • The Fifth Century for sax quartet and chamber choir

    Gavin Bryars
  • 15 Places at the Same Time for six saxophones

    Steve Lehman
  • I Will Not Apologize for My Tone Tonight for sax quintet

    Rudresh Mahanthappa
  • X Marks the Square for six saxophones

    Miguel Zenon
  • Name Day for six saxophones

    Tim Ries


  • Saxophone Concerto

    John Adams


  • Alternating Current for alto saxophone and wind ensemble

    Adam B Silverman
  • Messages of White

    Lei Liang
  • The Singing Gobi Desert

    Bright Sheng


  • Compass

    David Rakowski
  • Lux Perpetua for soprano saxophone and orchestra

    Kathryn Salfelder


  • As of This Moment

    Ilana Rainero-de-Haan
  • Leafless Trees

    David Laganella
  • raw power

    David T. Little
  • You've Been Talking in your Sleep

    David Biedenbender


  • Chinatown for saxophone quartet and chinese instruments

    MingHsiu Yen
  • Antiphony for Erhu, Daruan, Percussion, and Saxophone Quartet

    Zhou Long
  • Monteverdi Responsories for saxophone quartet and chamber chorus

    Stratis Minakakis
  • Septet for saxophone quartet and chinese instruments

    Chen YI
  • Songs for Huqin and Saxophone Quartet

    Wang Gouwei
  • The Frog Prince

    Andrea Grody
  • Two by Four for flute, alto saxophone, cello, and vibraphone

    Robert Brownlow
  • YUAN

    Lei Liang
  • Zephyrus for saxophone quartet and chamber chorus

    Kristin P Kuster


  • Broken Tulip for flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, bassoon, contraforte, trombone and percussion

    Zae Munn
  • Golden Spike for soprano saxophone and orchestra

    Roshanne Etezady
  • PRISM (Memo 6b)

    Bernard Rands
  • Still the Fire for alto saxophone, violin, cello, and piano

    John Anthony Lennon
  • Strange Bedfellows for alto saxophone, piano, and percussion

    Robert Brownlow
  • Concerto for soprano saxophone and wind ensemble

    John Mackey


  • Maxine

    Rand Steiger
  • La Seine for solo alto saxophone

    James Matheson
  • GLINT for alto saxophone and clarinet

    Roshanne Etezady
  • Every Thing Must Go

    Martin Bresnick
  • Escape Wisconsin for solo alto saxophone

    Caleb Burhans
  • Concerto for Soprano Saxophone

    Jennifer Higdon
  • Chamber Symphony No. 4 for saxophone and chamber winds

    Daniel McCarthy

    Stratis Minakakis
  • and yes i said yes

    Victoria Cheah


  • As Biddeth Thy Tongue for solo alto saxophone

    Kati Agocs
  • Denk dir: for solo soprano saxophone

    Marcus Karl Maroney
  • Elegy

    MingHsiu Yen
  • Hold-em for violin, tenor saxophone, clarinet, piano and percussion

    Roshanne Etezady
  • McAllisters Ceilidh for soprano saxophone and piano

    Adam B Silverman
  • Ta Entos (Those Inside)

    Stratis Minakakis
  • Three Miniatures

    Matthew Levy


  • Animal, Vegetable, Mineral for saxophone quartet and orchestra

    Steven Mackey
  • Hammering Away (at the Great Unknown)

    Caroline Mallonee
  • Ludus No. 2

    Emiliano PardoTristan
  • Lyric

    Matthew Levy
  • Mix-Deep Breaths-Remix

    Samuel Pluta
  • Manic

    Nathaniel Osborn
  • Naked Time

    Shawn Crouch
  • Ouroboros

    Stephen Wilcox
  • Paradigm Lost

    Lee Hyla
  • Tidtu

    Jeff Myers


  • Animal, Vegetable, Mineral

    Steven Mackey
  • B-List

    Vincent Raikhel
  • Bop

    Jennifer Higdon
  • Breath Beneath

    Kristin P Kuster
  • Brokelyn

    Tim Berne
  • Centre for mild, medium-lasting, artificial happiness

    Donnacha Dennehy
  • Happy Birthday to PRISM

    Chen YI
  • Hive Mind

    Dennis DeSantis
  • Howler Back

    Zack Browning
  • Inkling

    Roshanne Etezady
  • Jellyfish for alto saxophone and piano

    Kristin P Kuster
  • July 23, from sunrise to sunset, the summer of the S.E.P.S.A. bus rides destra e sinistra around Isc

    Ken Ueno
  • Just a Minute, Chopin

    Adam B Silverman
  • KEEN

    Roshanne Etezady
  • Lu

    Tim Ries
  • Moment of Refraction

    Robert Capanna
  • Phonai for saxophone quartet and percussion quartet

    Keith Moore
  • Refraction

    Greg Osby
  • Rise for alto saxophone, piano and electronics

    Peter Terry
  • Scherzino

    William Bolcom
  • speed metal organum blues

    Gregory Wanamaker
  • still life is life still for alto saxophone and orchestra

    Gregory Wanamaker
  • Stink Up!

    Nick Didkovsky
  • The Edge for soprano, saxophones and cello

    Eugene McBride
  • The Pilgrimage of Metal and Wood

    Joshua Penman
  • Wait a Minute...

    Libby Larsen


  • Consort II: Photogram

    Brian Fennelly
  • Disclosure for alto saxophone, violin and bassoon

    Zae Munn
  • Fantasy Quartet No. 3 for tenor saxophone, violin, clarinet and piano

    Andrew Mead
  • Minimal Monk

    Anthony Cornicello
  • Pseudopod

    Richard Belcastro
  • Saxophone Quartet No. 1

    Andrew Mead
  • Short Stories

    James Primosch
  • Sonata for alto saxophone and piano

  • streetlegal for soprano saxophone and piano

    Roshanne Etezady
  • the approach

    Juliana Trivers


  • Crows for alto saxophone and soprano

    John Howell Morrison
  • Duo Sonata

    Gregory Wanamaker
  • Six Bagatelles for alto saxophone and bassoon

    Andrew Mead
  • Vetro di trina for solo alto saxophone

    Bryan Burkett
  • You, Who Sang in Summer for violin, soprano saxophone, clarinet, bassoon, piano, and percussion

    Daniel McCarthy


  • In Transit for alto saxophone and piano

    Mischa Zupko
  • veni, veni

    David Heinick


  • Dandelions for alto saxophone and interactive electronics

    Timothy Place
  • Out of the Blue

    Frank Tichelli
  • Sonata deus sax machina for alto saxophone and piano

    Gregory Wanamaker


  • Cold Water, Dry Stone for mixed sextet

    Evan Chambers
  • Contrasts

    ChiaYu Hsu
  • Dervish

    Christopher Rutkowski
  • Dream Fragments

    Gregory Wanamaker
  • Funk Assault

    Zack Browning
  • Passacaglia in Memoriam Carl Orff

    Ellwood Derr
  • Sonata for alto saxophone and piano

    Gunther Schuller
  • Tropicana

    Stella Sung
  • Variations/Doubles for alto saxophone and electronics

    Benjamin Broening


  • ...con Cruces de Fuego for mixed sextet

    Erik Santos
  • Sax Notes for alto saxophone and digital tape

    Paul Steinberg


  • Little Clown, My Heart: Three Love songs on texts by Sandra Cisneros for mixed septet

    John Berners
  • Trio Sonata

    John Harbison


  • Doubles IV for alto saxophone and piano (U.S. Premiere)

    David Rowland
  • Fugue

    Marianne Ploger
  • Octaphone for saxophone ensemble

    Michael Timpson
  • Sonata for alto saxophone and piano (U.S. Premiere)

    Hans Kox
  • Sonata for soprano saxophone and piano

    Garland Anderson


  • Come Down Heavy! for violin, saxophone and piano

    Evan Chambers
  • Finita est Comedia for mixed sextet

    Benjamin Broening
  • Sexet

    Stephen Rush


  • Extended Dance Suite

    Bruce Bielawa
  • Velocity for solo soprano saxophone

    Martijn Hostetler


  • Fantasy for solo saxophone

    David Strom


  • Saxscape

    Tim Crowley
  • Sonata for alto saxophone and piano

    Brian Kershner


  • Conversations

    John Burkwell