Category: Album Review

Metal Bari or Bari Metal?

2212017562-1If you ever have a hankering for the baritone saxophone in a bit of a denser more rock oriented setting, here is your fix. Morphine (Dana Colley) is just dandy, but if sometimes you need something with just a little more.. power, here you go.

Saxophonist Matt Rippetoe’s new album “Willamette” prominantly features himself on the baritone saxophone in a setting probably most closely described as metal.

Go check it out and let it begin to melt your face.

New releases from the baritone community!

Baritone saxophonists often find difficulty in escaping the paradigm that the only place for them is anchoring a big band. So for baritone saxophonists with ambitions of improvisation and making creative music in a small group setting they often must set out and create groups and recordings for themselves. We are happy to announce two new such ventures from the baritone saxophone community.

The first is a new album co-led by Aaron Lington, from the BiCoastal collective titled Chapter Three.

Click here to listen to a track from the CD on YouTube!

“Sparkling solos in a decidedly post-bop setting. The music throughout this enjoyable CD keeps revealing new facets with each hearing.” –All Music Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The next album comes from baritone saxophonist Shirantha Beddage. This is Shirantha’s second CD as leader, entitled “Identity”. It features a set of his original compositions on baritone sax (and a special bonus track on bass clarinet), with a stellar group of musicians from Toronto and New York.

Please visit his site (www.shiranthabeddage.com) for more information and sound samples from the CD.  Physical copies are currently available, and Itunes and other online distribution will be up in a few weeks.

Glenn Wilson’s new project

Glenn Wilson has a fantastic new CD out. It features the music of the Late Thomas Chapin (a fantastic wind instrumentalist, and baritone saxophonist as well).

You can listen to samples and get it on CDBaby, or head over to Glenn’s website to find out more about it. The arrangements are incredibly well written and performed, and the use of the baritone/trombone front-line in this context is gorgeous.

 

Here’s what Glenn has to say about it:

“The Music – The first time I heard Thomas Chapin’s recording, Haywire, I was immediately struck by the juxtaposition of the raw beauty of the strings with Tom’s working trio and the maniacal-yet-tender compositions. The music has an almost folk-like or classical feel at times but the free jazz bubbling underneath rises to the surface at regular intervals and keeps the listener (and the players) alert and involved. It’s been a great pleasure adapting the music for our instrumentation. Each time we perform this music in concert, listeners are captivated by the vitality, humor and presence of the tunes.”

Glenn Wilson – baritone sax, flute
Jim Pugh – trombone
Dorothy Martirano – violin
Tomeka Reid – cello
Armand Beaudoin – cello, bass
Chris Nolte – bass
Josh Hunt – drums
Matt Plaskota – percussion