Category: Album Review

Next installment from Larry Dickson

Baritone saxophonist, Larry Dickson, has released another very fine album in his series that are seasonally related. (Check out the last couple).

This next release, “Donora Autumn” is full of excellent original compositions, with a few familiar songs included as well. As always, the playing is tasteful and arrangements swinging. This time with If you get a chance I’d highly recommend adding this to your listening collection. I’ll be patiently awaiting the fourth season.

You can read a comprehensive review over at AllAboutJazz.com

Josh Sinton releases new album

Josh Sinton is a long standing member of the creative music scene focused in New York City. He is one of the few musicians in that arena to dedicate himself to the baritone saxophone, and we are all the richer for it.

Sinton is part of a new band called “muscianer” and they have a debut album “Slow Learner.” I recently saw Josh and he was kind enough to give me a copy to listen to. I think anyone who appreciates modern music and is looking to hear baritone saxophone in a new and different way will really appreciate it. The video below will give a quick sample of what can be found on the album. The album officially arrives September 25th, you can pre-order it here.

musicianer is also embarking on a tour for the release. Click here if you’d like to see a list of shows.

New York Baritonist Andrew Gutauskas Releases Debut Album

Andrew Gutauskas, a very adept player in the NYC jazz scene has released his first album as a leader. It’s titled “Look Up!”, a reference and homage to his late mentor, Mr. Joe Temperley.

You can check out a few of the tunes, including the the title track below. A beautiful original tune that seems to pay respects to Temperley, and one of his most popularly performed Ellington songs “Single Petal of a Rose”.

The whole band is comprised of fantastic New York musicians, all of whom are quickly becoming the core of the new generation of great musicians.

Those interested in getting the album will find it on iTunes.

Andy has created a beautiful original work that honors a mentor. A tricky line to walk, but I think he has done it beautifully.

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.

New CD from Larry Dickson

larrydicksonA reader and fellow baritone saxophonist, Larry Dickson, recently sent us a copy of his new album, “Second Springtime”. Larry seems to have a vast knowledge of the baritone saxophone and its various practitioners and it shows through the varied song selection on the album. There is everything from original music, to a Pepper Adams composition, some Ellington, and even a beautiful ballad that you may have heard Mulligan and co perform on the album “What Is There to Say?”.

Definitely worth a listen from all fans of the baritone saxophone. Its available on Larry’s CD Baby page.

Brian Landrus features the deep end

landrusdeepBaritone saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Brian Landrus has recently released a new album titled “The Deep Below”. It features him on the low range of woodwinds, baritone sax, bass sax, bass clarinet and bass flute. This release comes shortly after Brian’s tie with Chris Cheek for Rising Star in the Downbeat Critic Polls.

Definitely an album worth giving some attention to. Check it out on amazon!

New album from Glenn Wilson

TIMELY CD800S 10Glenn Wilson is a long standing proponent of the baritone sax with multiple albums as a leader and an extensive discography He is adding onto his already impressive collection with a new quintet album titled, Timely. Its a live recording – It swings like crazy and has a really interesting line up of tunes. Check out Glenn’s website here, the album is out today, so be sure to pick up a copy!

New album from Adrian Barnett

Its About TimeBaritone saxophonist Adrian Barnett has released a new album called “It’s About Time”. Its got a lot great arrangements of original composition, mostly swinging but in a variety of different feels and approaches. And of course, lots of great solo work on the baritone.

With him are also a few other horn players, alto/tenor, trumpet and trombone and  a nice rhythm section that does well in both a straight ahead set up and different configurations with organ and electric bass as well.

We highly suggest you head on over to Adrian’s website and have a listen. Always nice to hear some fresh writing and arranging that features the baritone.

New album from Ryan Middagh

cb_coverbookletSaxophonist and transcription contributor, Ryan Middagh has a new album out which features him on the baritone saxophone as well as well known saxophonist Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck, Dave Matthews) and his drummer Tom Giampietro.

The title is “Colorado Brew”, an homage to the huge selection of wonderful craft beers to come from that state.

It offers a rare tenor/baritone front line that shouldn’t be missed. Its available on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby – go check it out!

New album from baritone saxophonist, Charles Evans!

subliminal leaps coverCharles Evans’ last album garnered a rare 5 star review from DownBeat magazine. His newest album looks to be no less impressive. It features Charles along with fellow saxophonist Dave Liebman.

To celebrate the new release there is a CD release party at ShapeShifterLab in Brooklyn.

Be sure to check out this new album, and head to the CD release party for some excellent baritone saxophone performances.

 

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