Last edited by Wylocson; 05-07-2017 at 06:17 PM.
It's funny, I've been playing sax my whole life and have played in every kind of ensemble you can think of. I've listened to baritone sax in all contexts, and i simply cannot get a handle on it. What I mean is, I cannot take it seriously! And I've played it in groups myself! Something about the sound, to me, not only doesn't do anything for me, it turns me off. Must be the overtones or something. I just cannot enjoy hearing it being played--it's like someone is trying to sneak a fast on me. It's like a joke. It doesn't sound like a musical instrument.
And I've listened to all the greats--Chaloff, Adams, Mulligan, Johnston, etc. It's just that the tone, to me, doesn't lend itself to singing or sounding pretty. It's too low and ugly.
I certainly don't mean any disrespect to people who love it, and certainly not to those who play it, and nothing toward the instrument itself. In fact, I want to buy one once I have the space to store it! I'd like to enjoy it, but can't.
If someone out there would like to reform me, please go ahead.
I was listening to a song today by little-known singer, Hana Pestle. She's kind of a gothic cross between Amy Lee and Alanis Morissette. The hook in the song was played by what sounded like a bass guitar and synth bells on a keyboard. I kept imagining rearranging it for bari sax with tenor in harmony and actual bells. I think it would be very powerful.
Once my bari gets back from it's extreme overhaul, I plan to start writting some stuff like this with a bari/tenor combo taking the place of a strong bass guitar part.
Buescher 400 Tenor, Pre-War Big-B Aristocrat Tenor, True Tone Alto, Conn New Wonder Bari, Antigua 590 Soprano
My favorite sax-o-mo-phone...
I guess it would have to be which ever one is in my hands at the time.
I kinda love 'em all...
Old reed players are like fine wine. They only get better with age. Tom Hagen
Play the Music, not the instrument.
You can't enjoy THIS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVOBQBamjDA
It's just such a sweet melodic sound
Thank you, Wylocson! I'm well on my way.