I consider Potter to be a technician up top, but I prefer Lenny overall. As for straining, that's showmanship, and I'd never begrudge that.Almost all of the modern 'straight ahead' players like Joel Frahm, Chris Potter, Melissa Aldana, Patrick Bartley, Mark Turner, Godwin Louis, and many others I can't think of now off the top of my head, use altissimo as a 'natural' part of the horn. There's much less of the 'OMG, I'm STRAINING up here' than there used to be.
+1 for Marc Russo. He's unbelievable up there.I always love Marc Russo’s Altissimo on alto! He was my main inspiration for my 10MFAN Supernova mouthpiece. LOVE HIS STUFF WITH THE DOOBIES!
We saw The Doobies live several months ago here, and his alto playing was just phenomenal the entire evening!
I went to Berklee when I was 37. The majority of the young sax players could play all the high notes, but I was one of the few who could the low Bb without an issue.Depends upon the style of music and the audience you're playing for. Certainly a bunch of Berklee grads are going to tune out, but that's not your average audience. Anyhow, what I meant by "effect" would be this, beginning at the 1:47 mark:
Good point. He is primarily a clarinet player. he took up sax when he didnt get many gigs playing his hot clarinet. he plays the alto like if it was a clarinet. I personally dont like his style and his squeaky clarinet sound. He has fantastic altisimo but one can only take so much.Years ago I was discussing Paquito D'Rivera with a teacher of mine. I was commenting on his frequent use of altissimo, and he said something to the effect of "well he's a clarinet player, he probably just hears it that way in his head."
I think some people just like it up there.
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I think Bert Wilson is the best I've heard on altissimo and multi Phonics.I'd love to hear what you think about the placement of altissimo in solos. I listen to Gerald Albright do the unimaginable, but honestly it often sounds more like acrobatics in the "look what I can do" category than an artful, or soulful expression. Conversely when I listen to Sanborn's use of of altissimo on the album version of Soul Serenade I get chills going up the back of my neck. I'm not trying to down play Albright by any means. He's probably as clean with altissimo on alto as anyone dead or alive. But honestly sometimes I think he should just get a sopranino. LOL
We spend a lifetime developing the skills needed to get altissimo in our tool box, but how do those of you that are proficient with it decide where to apply it so that it is more than just "look what I can do"?
Libor Sima with Les McCann+1 for Marc Russo. He's unbelievable up there.
Used in the right place and with taste, heck yeah!Check 5:13 seconds... if that don't hit for you, I don't know what will.
Cause Marc Russo...
WalkerJunior Parker's solo on Foreigner's Urgent is a use of altissimo with some cajones