“Gates Wide Open” is the third commercial release for Saxsmo as a solo artist and is the beginning of a new era for Saxsmo. The journey to “Gates Wide Open” has been heartfelt and emotional. Saxsmo lost both of his parents between his first and second CDs, they were his inspiration to strive for perfection and to continue making excellent music.
Saxsmo called on the great trombonist Fred Wesley, sax man and Berklee professor, Walter Beasley, smooth jazz guitarist and Berklee classmate, Freddie Fox and the 804 Jazz Allstars to help him take this CD to another level. The CD Gates Wide Open contains (14) fourteen exemplary selections, which are diverse in style, tempo, and timbre. One track, in particular, that deserves special mention is his outstanding and award winning arrangement of Chick Corea’s “SPAIN,” which was initially a graduate school project, similar to a thesis.