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Golden Arm

by Norman Salant Group

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This is the only known studio recording by the Norman Salant Group, which existed for a short time in San Francisco in 1982. The group was unique in the New Wave scene, an all-instrumental band fronted by two saxophones, known for its musicianship and experimentation. Most of the music (including this track) was based on Salant's two solo albums, and then developed and arranged by the band.

Before joining the group, Bruce Slesinger had been a founding member of the Dead Kennedys. Morey Goldstein had been with The Readymades. Steve Ashman went on to form the Zazu Pitts Memorial Orchestra, which still exists today.


released December 5, 2022
Norman Salant - saxophones
Morey Goldstein - saxophones
Jeff Nathanson - synthesizer, guitar
Jeff Kaplan - guitar
Steve Ashman - bass
Bruce Slesinger - drums
Ted Hatsushi - sound designer

Recorded in San Francisco July 4, 1982, by Maureen Droney at The Automatt.
Mastered by Mark Dann in 2022.
Cover photo by Alan Grosso.




Norman Salant New York, New York

Songwriter, singer, saxophonist, composer and martini-maker based in New York City with all the associated euphorias and discontents - although the saxophone part of the equation has been on hiatus for some time. The martini-making sometimes rears its head at sporadic Salon parties in a NoChe loft but live performances are exceedingly rare. Recordings are all! ... more

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