Avant Garde

The “advance guard” or forefront of music. Treated indifferently by many, loathed by some, but cherished and practiced by a select few. The baritone saxophonists here are adventurers who take risks and try to push boundaries in search of new sounds.

Carlo Actis Dato

Bio from Carlo’s site:Born in Turin on 21 March 1952, he has been living in the South of Italy during the childhood. His grandfather played trumpet in the folkloristic band of his village in Piedmont, North of Italy. He started to play clarinet, then he played sax in several band of dancing music, rhythm …

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David Mott

David Mott is a baritone saxophonist and composer. He is well known as a solo virtuoso and he has developed many extended techniques for the baritone. A graduate of Berklee College of Music and the Yale University School of Music, he has performed with many notable musicians and ensembles including Gil Evans, Gerry Hemingway, …

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Fred Ho

August 10, 1957 – April 12, 2014

Baritone saxophonist, composer, writer, political activist, and leader of both The Afro Asian Music Ensemble and The Journey Beyond The West Orchestra, Fred Ho is one of today’s leading Asian American artistic talents. As a composer and performer, Ho works at the edge of forms, masterfully combining …

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Hamiet Bluiett

September 16, 1940 –

The most prominent baritone saxophonist of his generation, Bluiett combines a blunt, modestly inflected attack with a fleet, aggressive technique, and (maybe most importantly) a uniform hugeness of sound that extends from his horn’s lowest reaches to far beyond what is usually its highest register. Probably no other baritonist has …

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John Surman

August 30, 1944 –

Born in Tavistock, Devon in 1944, composer/multi-instrumentalist John Surman is one of the key figures in a generation of European musicians who have crucially expanded the international horizons of jazz during the past thirty years or so. Long acknowledged as an improviser of world class, Surman has also …

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Josh Sinton

From Josh’s site:

josh sinton, a native of southern new jersey, born in 1971, is a creative musician who specializes in playing the baritone saxophone and bass clarinet. growing up, his musical inspirations were his father’s record collection, his brothers’ record collections and watching his father play stride piano at parties. there wasn’t anyone else …

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Mats Gustafsson

Born 1964 in Umeå, Northern Sweden. Saxplayer, improviser and composer. Soloartist and international tours and projects with a.o. Peter Brötzmann, Sonic Youth, Merzbow, Jim O´Rourke, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide, Yoshimi, Ken Vandermark and in working groups The Thing, Sonore, FIRE!, Gush, Boots Brown, Swedish Azz and Nash Kontroll. Large ensemble work with Barry Guy New …

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Pat Patrick

November 1929 – December 31, 1991

Pat Patrick, like John Gilmore, spent virtually his entire career with Sun Ra’s Arkestra, leading to him being somewhat underrated. Patrick had a particularly appealing sound on baritone and, although he did not lead any record sessions of his own, he was one of the better baritonists of the 1950s and ’60s. …

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Scott Robinson

Note: this page is not Scott Robinson’s website. To reach Scott Robinson, please visit www.sciensonic.net.

April 27, 1959 –


Bio from Scott’s Website:

One of today’s most wide-ranging instrumentalists, Scott Robinson has been heard on tenor sax with Buck Clayton’s band, on trumpet with Lionel Hampton’s quintet, on alto clarinet with Paquito D’Rivera’s …

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Vinny Golia

As a composer  Vinny Golia fuses the rich heritage of Jazz, contemporary classical and world music into his own unique compositions. Also a bandleader, Golia has presented his music to concert audiences in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United States in ensembles varying dramatically in size and instrumentation. Mr. Golia has …

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