Sep 01 2016

Larry Dickson produces another excellent album

LD_SummergoldPromises_coverCincinnati based baritone saxophonist, Larry Dickson sent us another album, . Much like the first one, this album has an excellent mix of songs. About half originals and a mix of standards, lesser known composers, and a Strayhorn-Ellington piece. The arrangements are very swinging and tasteful, the band’s playing and the recording quality is quite professional. I especially enjoyed Larry’s originals compositions. They have the feeling of classic swinging tunes, but are completely new to the ear.

Trombonist, Bill Gemmer has a number of really great solo moments as well, with an excellent mix of beautiful tone and plenty of agility on the trombone. Larry’s playing at times reminds me very favorably of Ronnie Cuber, especially on Weep. Mulligan fans will recognize this tune as one of the more memorable from the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band. And other times I am reminded of Gary Smulyan’s deep edged tone, but really what we’re hearing is Larry’s sound that has been honed through years of dedication to the baritone saxophone in a jazz setting. And for that we are grateful. If you get a chance, I’d recommend getting a copy of “Summergold Promises” for yourself and any fan of the jazz baritone sax.

Aug 26 2016

NYC Historical Jazz Club Map

Jon DeLucia has put together an interesting Google Map collection for those NYC Jazz History Buffs. It shows the locations (sometimes approximate) of gone and perhaps mostly forgotten jazz clubs around the city. Check it out!

Jul 24 2016

RIP Charles Davis

davis1We are saddened to learn that baritone (and lately tenor) saxophonist great Charles Davis passed away on July 15th 2016.

Jul 12 2016

Tim Stocker’s new YouTube lesson series

Baritone Saxophonist, Tim Stocker (currently residing in Singapore) has a new website and a new lesson series he is just starting up on YouTube. He includes some great daily exercises and tips for the baritone. Check out the first video below!

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