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gazzasax

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Truthfully, I haven't heard a bari player that hits my aural senses in the same way. The Bluiett Baritone Nation album "Libation for the Baritone Saxophone Nation" is just outstanding.

I was trying to find the title track on youtube but alas it isn't there.

If anyone has spotify they should search for it on there. Some serious players on that record.
 

Taz

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I may have this wrong, but when I bought my bari, I bought it from another member of this forum, who had been recommended which sax to get by Hamiett. I'm not sure if they are friends or just acquaintances or whether I've got that completely wrong! But I bought his P Mauriat 302g and it's gorgeous! (I don't make it sound like Hamiett though!)
 

gazzasax

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What I would give to sit and talk pleasantries with the man. He's just a bari god. Between him and James Carter anyway.
I wish I could afford a bari sax like most sax players but it's just a dream for the moment. But I dare say the P. Mauriat will be a awesome beasty. I'm still sorely tempted by one of their tenors.
 

Kingsleyhk

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This may have come up before but try some of Joe Temperley's stuff if your want to hear some wonderful "mainstream" baritone.
 

gazzasax

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Some great listening there guys. That Hamiet vid with Mingus is fantastic.

I'd never heard of Joe Temperley before but it's going onto the spotify favourites. Such a nice mellow tone and feel.

Been listening to Lars Gullin and a record with Garry Mulligan and Chet Baker playing a few numbers together recently. The combination of Baker and Mulligan though is very nice.
 

aldevis

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If anyone is lucky enough to own a record of the World Saxophone Quartet dedicated to Ellington (198?) there is a version of "Sophisticated Lady" that makes you think of bari in a different way.
 

Kingsleyhk

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Joe Temperley played with Humphrey Lyttelton in the 50s but emigrated to the States in about 1960 and played with the Ellington orchestra - as well as doing the stuff with various small groups that you can find on YouTube, etc. I saw him on Broadway with the Mercer Ellington band in a musical called Sophisticated Ladies in about 1983. He's also a hell of a soprano player!
 

Kingsleyhk

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I have that World Saxophone Quartet CD - wonderful stuff. I always understood that Adolphe designed the saxophone family to be played that way, i.e. in a family - and for me it's fantastic. Try also the Fairer Sax - UK group of female sax players playing mainly classical but also some Scott Joplin arranged for SATB.
 

Kingsleyhk

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He's all over that bari like a cheap suit! I like the way the harmonies sometimes completely complement the lead but sometimes are in complete discord. It's a great tune for a group of saxes - I played in an orchestra in Australia and our leader/arranger arranged it for four saxes - two altos/ two tenors and it was a joy to play. Sadly we didn't have a bari - none of us could afford one!

Try this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo1HhhAAmKw&feature=related

and this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo1HhhAAmKw

Another guy to listen out for is an Australian called Don Burrows - lovely player of all the reeds/flute but did some lovely bari - he was the Australian sax player in the 60s-80s. You'll find some of his stuff on YouTube - but no bari that I can find with a quick look.

He came to the Hong Kong Jazz Club in the late 90s on his way back from a tour of China and was just marvellous. Since we don't have many jazz clarinet players here, I buttonholed him between sets and asked him to play some clarinet and he did a whole set! A real gentleman.
 
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gazzasax

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Aldevis - Checked out the World Saxophone Quartet record (It's on Spotify). Bloody nora. How mega is that bari playing? The man's a genius on that thing.
And thank god someone doesn't hold prejudice against cheap baris. The only bari I'll ever be able to afford is a cheap one. Haha.
 

Kingsleyhk

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No prejudice here. I have an expensive tenor but a cheap soprano - and I love them both! I have never actually played a bari - let alone owned one, and couldn't justify even a cheap one now.
 

gazzasax

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Truthfully, I've only played alto and tenor. Only seen a actual baritone twice in my whole life. But much like when I was kid and thought "I wanna make a sound like that" After listening to Hendrix, I knew when I heard bari for the first time I wanted to make a noise like that indefinitely *sigh* one day.........
 

BigMartin

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And thank god someone doesn't hold prejudice against cheap baris. The only bari I'll ever be able to afford is a cheap one. Haha.
FWIW, I just bought a cheap bari a few weeks ago (as documented in aother thread) and am having a lot of fun with it. Also some frustration---it feels like a much bigger adjustment than switching between alto, tenor and sop. I'm just not used to having to supply so much air. First gig coming up in a couple of weeks.
 
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