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    Default Best Bari Sax players

    I'm a bari player, and I want to start listening to more bari players. I already know about Gerry Mulligan and Harry Carney (Duke Ellington Orchestra). Who else should I listen to?

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    Charlie Fowles (Basie orchestra), Serge Chaloff (remember the 4 brothers?).... today: Gary Smulyan... come to mind first!
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    Start here, then spend the rest of your life continuing to search and listen:

    http://www.jazzbarisax.com/

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    Ronnie Cuber is the best bari player alive : )

    But some other greats are Pepper Adams, Bruce Johnson, and the underrated Nick Bringola (I think that's how it's spelled?)

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    Roger Lewis, Doc Krupka....me

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    Quote Originally Posted by AhCheung View Post
    Charlie Fowles (Basie orchestra), Serge Chaloff (remember the 4 brothers?).... today: Gary Smulyan... come to mind first!
    Yes, great examples. Charlie Fowlkes was a great section-man, not known as a jazz soloist.

    Harry Carney had the biggest baritone sound ever.

    Today, Joe Temperley has the greatest baritone sound, like Ben Webster on Baritone.

    Smulyan plays the best Be-Bop.

    There's a young cat on the NYC scene to look out for. Jason Marshall. I hope he makes a CD soon.

    BTW, since I got my new baritone and had it worked on by Perry Ritter, I've decided that I'm the best baritone player.

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    Default Re: Best Bari Sax players

    Also check out Leo Parker on" rollin with leo", and nobody ever mentions Bob Efford who has recorded with Bill Holman, and the guy who posted before me, Andy Farber, plays some very tasty bari as well (search in the bari mouthpiece forum for "guess the mouthpiece"). There's also Alex Harding and...well you could just start with the jazz barisax website as someone mentioned and work through it.

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    I second all of the suggestions above, but listen to John Surman too - he´s got quite a different aesthetic from most living bari players. Ronnie Cuber is a monster player - I was lucky enough to hear him at Ronnie Scott´s in Summer '08 - a memorable evening. He can´t help himself but be incredibly exciting when he plays.

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    Pepper Adams (aka Wally Cox)! Ballsy sound, good time and played some great lines. I always thought he sounded like Sonny Rollins playing baritone.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SwZqUl9GNI

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    For a legend who did not live long Bob Gordon is essential listening.
    For another legend with a long and varied career John Surman.

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    Cecil Payne should definitely be given a listen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DD View Post
    Start here, then spend the rest of your life continuing to search and listen:

    http://www.jazzbarisax.com/
    Wow! Why had I never seen that site before??? Brilliant!

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    How about Howard Johnson? The guy is a monster on baritone sax, tuba, euphonium, and maybe everything else that is played in the bass clef. The guy has played with Mingus, Gil Evans, Hank Crawford, Jack DeJohnette, Bob Moses, Jimmy Heath and a boatload of other greats.
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    I just saw Howard in september at a festival in Boston playing in Yoron Isreal's Fathead Newman tribute band. Playing his silver plated Mark VII bari and sounding great. I saw him once playing Fender bass backing Gato.

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    Default Re: Best Bari Sax players

    Leo Parker.

    Pepper Adams' name cannot be mentioned enough on this thread.

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    Do not forget Lars Gullin. Here's why:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlhYX...eature=related

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    [QUOTE=BarrySachs;1340259]Yes, great examples. Charlie Fowlkes was a great section-man, not known as a jazz soloist.

    ******Thx for correcting the typo. I've heard at least one tune on which Basie featured him as a soloist, incredible spot- on intonation in the high range (Spring is Here)

    Harry Carney had the biggest baritone sound ever.

    ****** agree.... and incredible circular breathing too. I believe Duke liked him a lot b/c he contributed so much to how good the band sounded (like Hodges at the other end of the section)

    Today, Joe Temperley has the greatest baritone sound, like Ben Webster on Baritone.

    Smulyan plays the best Be-Bop.

    There's a young cat on the NYC scene to look out for. Jason Marshall. I hope he makes a CD soon.

    *** pls let us know!
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    My favorites are Jason Marshall, Harry Carney, Mulligan, and a VERY overlooked player here! Denis Diblasio. Phenomenal player. I got to see him in a workshop at the UW campus and was blown away. Check him out! http://www.denisdiblasio.com/index.html
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    I completely agree with Jmoen! Denis Diblasio is my all-time favorite! I remember transcribing his solo on "Sesame Street" (Maynard Ferguson recording, don't recall what album), and that's what got me to start soloing.

    From that point forward I would say Doc Kupka writes the best funk riffs and licks (Tower of Power), Gary Smulyan, Pepper Adams, and the great Harry Carney, as well.

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    Can't forget the late, great Nick Brignola... AWESOME.
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    Glad someone mentioned John Surman, very unique.

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