There has been a page dedicated to Haywood Henry on this site for years, but I finally got around to looking him up and listening a bit. What an under appreciated player! Sound, feel, blowing – all top notch. Do yourself a favor and check out the video below with a short but excellent solo of his:
Great human and wonderful saxophonist Ed Xiques has passed away. Although he was rather private and not as well known as you’d think for someone with his musical resume, many musicians knew his importance. Having played saxophone with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis orchestra and many others, as well as a long time teacher he left a positive impact on the jazz scene.
There are a lot of terrible or tacky saxophone things for sale on the internet. So I’ve done some digging and tried to save some time for people looking to get baritone related gifts for friends, family, or other baritone enthusiasts. I’ve already purchased a number of these items as you can see. Since the holidays are approaching I thought it might be a good idea to share the list with everyone. Though we shouldn’t need a holiday to shower the baritonists in our lives with gifts.
The items range from more generic posters/prints/t-shirts to very niche and well done artistic renderings of famous baritone minded musicians.
So if you’re looking to pick up something (less costly than a new horn) for that special baritone saxophonist in your life, head over to the new Gift Ideas Page.
The US Air Force band, the Airmen of Note have announced auditions for the baritone chair. This is open to Americans 39 or younger. Its a great band and a chance to have one of the few guaranteed steady gigs left! Audition materials are due January 18th, with the audition date set in February.
Intrepid baritonist, Andrew Gutauskas has released his second album titled, “Look Out!“. This comes after his first album “Look Up!” from 2017. Perhaps in the future we’ll see “Look Within!” to finish out the trilogy? [ Feel free to use that Andrew 😉 ]
Gutauskas is a wonderful player and composer and the music on this album is very uplifting and positive, much like the leader himself. The line-up is a baritone, bass, and drums with trombone added on some tracks. A classic no-chord sound harking back to the Gerry Mulligan / Bob Brookmeyer quartets, though the songs and playing here will sound a bit more modern.
Check out the video below for a taste of the album. And of course I’d encourage you to head over to Andrew’s BandCamp page to buy a copy!
Thanks again to Andrea Iurianello, we have another Ronnie Cuber transcription up. This is on the standard “Easy Living” from the album he did with string orchestra, that is very nice – Love For Sale.
The PDF is available for download on the transcriptions page and you can see the transcription author himself playing the solo below.
Thank you to Jon De Lucia! We now have another Gerry Mulligan solo transcription in the repository. The song is titled “Stand Still” and the solo comes from the 1957 album co-led by Mulligan and Paul Desmond called Blues In Time. Its a nice short and playable solo, from a very nice album.
As an added bonus you can hear Jon play the transcription and watch it in real time:
The first is Agra, a classic Carney feature from Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite. And the second is from a somewhat lesser known, but still delightful album where the Ellington band played their own arrangements of music from Disney’s film, ‘Mary Poppins’. The Carney feature is on “Stay Awake”.
Head over to the transcriptions page and download them for yourself.
Regretfully I was not aware until now that Danny Ray Thompson passed away earlier this year. He was a very longtime member of the Sun Ra Arkestra and passed away in March of 2020. He was a part of the Arkestra for over 50 years. That even beats out Harry Carney’s over 40-year tenure with Ellington. I have to assume that’s the longest standing baritone player in a single ensemble.
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