California Blues

freddysilk

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I've been listening to a tune by Archie Shepp, called California Blues and this song has been on my mind lately. The harmony has a soulful, down to earth blues sound which is different from what I'm used to hearing. I want to transscribe the sax parts of the song but I not sure if it's a tenor or bari sax that's playing.

If anyone is familiar with this song or spend some to listen to it, can you enlighten me on what type of sax is playing the melody?

This is the type of sound I would like to have when playing the blues, but then again maybe I should try out a bari and see if this is the sound that's stuck in my head.
 

visionari1

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I don't know the tune you mention, but I am a big Archie Shepp fan, even met him in 2004 in New York City at Iridium. As far as I know he plays Tenor, Soprano & a pretty mean piano as well.

Sound wise he seems to have a very loose embroshure, his style is to play allot between the notes

My favourite Archie Shepp tune is Song for Mozambique, which I think is on Soprano, if you love the layed back style of blues check out "Goin Home" (late 60's early 70's) albumn where he plays with Horace Parlan.

Cheers & Ciao
:mrcool
 
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freddysilk

freddysilk

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Thanks for the info. I'll definitely check out the song you recommended. I do like the gritty sound he has on tenor (if it's tenor) and a sound I'm looking for on my tenor. I would describe it as a "in your face" type tone that's brash and bold without the edge.

I'm not sure what mouthpiece would even get me in the ballpark with his sound although I'm curious about the new Otto Link STM Vintage or a copy of the Otto Link slants I've seen floating around.

Thanks again for the info.
 
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