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I just started playing bari sax again after decades off and recently started playing in some jam sessions with a blues band and am enjoying the experience. I haven't played much of the blues before and so i am looking for some inspiration. Can anyone recommend listening to any particular bari sax players or recordings that are in this genre?

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One of my biggest inspirations was Bruce Johnstone from the Maynard Ferguson band of the 1970's. Check out "Stay Loose with Bruce" on the recently reissued "MF Horn 4&5 Live at Jimmy's."
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Thanks for your response. It appears not to be on iTunes so I may have to check it out via Amazon, but so far, haven't found any sample clip online.
 

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DukeCity said:
One of my biggest inspirations was Bruce Johnstone from the Maynard Ferguson band of the 1970's. Check out "Stay Loose with Bruce" on the recently reissued "MF Horn 4&5 Live at Jimmy's."
Agree with Duke on Bruce Johnstone. Got to see him live a couple of times in the 70's with Maynard. "Stay Loose With Bruce" was always one of my favorites. While you're at it, check out his solo on "Macarthur Park". (Not blues, but worth a listen!)
 

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Doug James. His CD is entilted "Blow Mr Low". He also plays w/ Sax gordon Beadle on "Jump Swing Jive" on Noth Star records. Both Doug James and Sax Beadle are alumni of roomful of blues. Visit his site!!!! http://www.dougmrlowjames.com/index.html
 

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old git said:
See if you can get hold of "Blues going up and up". Gerry Mulligan and Little Jon Eardley.
Git - thanks for the tip - not on iTunes, but will keep looking.

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Doug James. His CD is entilted "Blow Mr Low". He also plays w/ Sax gordon Beadle on "Jump Swing Jive" on Noth Star records. Both Doug James and Sax Beadle are alumni of roomful of blues. Visit his site!!!! http://www.dougmrlowjames.com/index.html
Sycc - Thanks - those videos were great! His website says that Blow Mr. Low is on ITunes. A couple of his other albums are there, but not that one for some reason. Anyway, I didn't know abut Doug James, so thanks!

All good stuff!
 

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Check out some Leo Parker. He was influenced by Charlie Parker and was a strong Blues player.
 

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Blues in B Flat - Gerry Mulligan and Ben Webster. That should be on iTunes.
 

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RS & JMathesonJr - Thanks both of you - i did find a few albums by Leo Parker on iTunes and also found Blues in B Flat by Mulligan and Webster - so i will check them out.

I've been listening all day to the album by Doug James & Sax Gordon (based upon SYCC's earlier recommendation) and really like his style. The particular album is just their 2 names. Good stuff! The Blow Mr Low album was not available.

Thanks all of your for your suggestions.
 

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Another option: for old school jump blues -- check out some Bullmoose Jackson albums. Bullmoose plays tenor and sings, but he always has a section with a gutbucket bari player. I can't tell you the names: I have 2 Bullmoose Jackson albums and neither has real liner notes. But there are some subsonic honkers on there.
 

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Conrado,Glad you are enjoying Doug James. I found out about Doug through a CD reveiw in Sax journal(I believe Tim Price was the reveiwer). I got the swing jump jive Cd believe it or not at a gardening store. On a North star CD display. Bought cause I already knew of Doug through the sax journal reveiw of Blow Mr Low. I had to specail order blow Mr Low through my local CD dealer.
 

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I don't remember the bari player's name but Barbara Dennerlein featured a bari player on a 13 bar blues on one of her albums. I don't remember the name of the album. I loaned it to someone and cannot remember who. I think I may have last seen that person on the day I loaned the CD.
 

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steve said:
I'm surprised nobody has mention Mark Early of "Roomful of Blues"...this guy has chops, ideas, and attitude....listen to him at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llyaDQMclJY

at about 1:30 and at 4:30

(and he plays better tenor)
Steve - thanks for your response - I watched the video, but it was mostly vocals and very little in the way of solo from the bari so i imagine it was not the best example of Early's talents.
 

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This is a "bump" of an old thread. I had a chance to hear Mark Early and "Roomful" again in Gainesville this past Sunday....and talked to him quite a bit. A really nice guy. He played mainly bari...his bari ( and tenor) playing is outstanding. Big Berg sound. He says he started with a Berg-esque blank for his bari and had it reworked...he doesn't know the tip or baffle, but since he plays a 115/2 Berg on tenor ( and has used the same piece for many years) and his tone is similar on both, I'm guessing it is in that neighborhood on bari. He plays Mark VI's. If you want to hear good examples of his work get Roomful's "That's Right" CD. His lengthy tenor solo on the title track is outstanding. His bari work is clearly evident, and he has a nice solo in "Poverty" if memory serves.
 
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