Author: JazzBariSax Curator, Andrew Hadro

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.

Eden Bareket releases a trio album

edenbareketEden Bareket  has released a new album titled “Choice”. It features his trio (baritone, drums, bass) on the Fresh Sound label. Its full of original music and is a great listen. A bit about Eden:

Although a relative newcomer to New York’s scene, the Argentina-born Israeli baritone saxophonist Eden Bareket quickly gained notice and esteem as an in-demand Sideman. Indeed Bareket’s collaborative projects show an eclectic streak, as is horn playing ranges from modern classic Eyal Vilner Big-Band, to the adventurous Ari Hoenig Nonet, to even the Ethiopian jazz inspired grooves of Anbessa Orchestra. As his star has continued to rise, Bareket has also woven these disparate musical strands together in his own leader project , a trio featuring bassist Or Bareket and drummer Felix Lecaros. This notably minimalist and unfussy instrumentation is utilized to the group’s advantage as the trio unveils a set of sparsely funky, often dark-hued to grooves, all while stretching out their positions into very open territory.” – Hot House Jazz Guide

Check out his website, or get the album here!

Mr. Joe Temperley has passed away.

A mentor, educator, performer, great human being, and master of the baritone saxophone.
His unique sound on the baritone saxophone and bass clarinet was heard with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra since its inceptions. Mr. Temperley also has numerous albums. Please take some time to watch the tribute JALC performed last year to him.

EDIT: Read the official obituary in the New York Times here.

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New carbon fiber stand for baritone!

Instrument stand companies often neglect the baritone saxophone, but there is some good news.

A woodwind accessory designer in the Netherlands has developed a new incredibly light weight and promising stand for the baritone saxophone – both for low A and low Bb models! The wait time is currently 4 months and the price is a hefty 250 EURO, but it looks promising. And considering the cost of carbon fiber raw material, the cost may be justified. We’ve ordered one and hope to do a full review and demonstration when it arrives!

Check out the site here:
http://www.woodwinddesign.nl/en/product/1699154/baritone-saxophone-stand