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Are you talking about a tenor sax or an alto? The OP is playing an alto, which is a different matter entirely (from tenor), imo. I don't think you necessarily need a high baffle or especially 'bright' mpc to get a bright sound on the alto. Alto is pretty bright to begin with. It really doesn't take any particular mpc to get a bright sound on alto. saxphil, Pete Thomas, and some others on this thread have the right idea. It's how you blow the horn; doesn't take any great effort to brighten up an alto. And very easy to play it a bit too bright (especially if you put a high baffle mpc on it). Just a thought....I agree you can approach that tone with your air and embouchure control. For me, I got there quicker with a bright, open tip mouthpiece, and a softer reed, like a Plasticover #2. After I got used to that tone, I found I could get close with a different reed, and even a Link STM. My Link is not as loud as my paintpeeler, but I can get a lot of edge that translates in a moderate environment, and a mic. So, my advice is get a bright mouthpiece (Bellite, Dukoff D, Quantum, even a lowly Metalite, etc), get some soft reeds, and get that tone in your head.
Iceman, I think your tone quality is quite good. And it fits the type of ballad you're playing in that clip. In the other clip, that guy is playing with a lot of "processing", reverb, etc. And he's putting plenty of air in the horn. I bet if you simply put more air in your horn (blow harder) with some 'attitude', the sound would brighten up plenty. Sounds pretty simplistic, but give it a go. And yeah, listen to and emulate Maceo!!