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Specialising on bari sax. This is what I do. I started on bari, its what I enjoy, its all I need to do, however... i've been playing in a funk band and every few months the issue comes up, why don't I play a few songs on alto? I don't want to! Am:lick: I being unreasonable?
 

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Unreasonable - no. Inflexible - perhaps. I guess it will boil down to the time that your bandmates decides they want someone to play alto as well and fire you for someone else. So it's probably up to you - live with your principles or get an alto. :(
 

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Although you do see videos of Gerry Mulligan playing soprano on YouTube. Maybe it's not such a bad thing to branch out a little from time to time -- just to keep things interesting.
 

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Mulligan played (recorded) Bari, soprano, clarinet and piano, that I know of. It's your call, man, but playing a few other horns can open opportunties for you. I do understand how you feel, though.
 

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Its no other band im in just this funk band, but I enjoy it. I wont be replaced, its just an ongoing issue. I sing, play percussion, its just this weird head space thing I have with bari. Maybe ill play c melody... that will weird them out.:)
 

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It's great if you can just play bari in everything but can be restricting depending on your viewpoint. I think if you really develop your vocabulary you can do it because baritone is for me the most expressive saxophone but it's nice to have other colours even if it pulls you off your main horn. Bass clarinet is a nice double..alto and bass flute which aren't too demanding on the embouchure unlike flute and picc.
 

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Its no other band im in just this funk band, but I enjoy it. I wont be replaced, its just an ongoing issue. I sing, play percussion, its just this weird head space thing I have with bari. Maybe ill play c melody... that will weird them out.:)
You would rather play cowbell than alto sax? Doesn't make sense to me....:)
 

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It's great if you can just play bari in everything but can be restricting depending on your viewpoint. I think if you really develop your vocabulary you can do it because baritone is for me the most expressive saxophone but it's nice to have other colours even if it pulls you off your main horn. Bass clarinet is a nice double..alto and bass flute which aren't too demanding on the embouchure unlike flute and picc.
I like the idea of doubling on another lower pitch inst, on the pricey side. Could always sell one of my baris :(
 

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Mulligan recorded on alto. The album is "Something Borrowed, Something Blue" on Limelight (Never released on CD but I have downloaded it until Mosaic releases a Mulligan Limelight Mosaic Select box)
 

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Recently, for the past year or so, I've been working on Bari after along hiatus. It can be very seductive and I've been listening to a lot of Bari players, including Mulligan, of course. I came across a Gerry Mulligan West Coast contemporary, who, sadly, was killed in a car crash before his career ever really got off the ground. His name was Bob Gordon. If you come across any of his recordings, which are rare but available on re-issues (he is also was featured on albums with Jack Montrose (tenor) and Herbie Harper (trombone), it's definitely worth a listen, if you're into the Bari.
 

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I am. Thanks for the tip!
 

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Mulligan also recorded on tenor. On "Getz Meets Mulligan" the two switched horns for some tunes but didn't mention anything in the liner notes. I didn't even notice until a friend pointed it out to me. Needless to say, Getz and Mulligan both sounded ridiculous on both horns, and very similar to each other when they switched.
 

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I've always thought that Pepper Adams was a more interesting baritone player than Mulligan though I do like Mulligan's work too.
 

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As much as I love Mulligan, I am more of a Brignola fan. Pepper Adams redefined the sound of the bari and led the way for Brignola and Ronnie Cuber, among others.

As for the Mulligan - Getz recording, Getz sounds better on baritone than Mulligan does on tenor IMHO.
 

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! Am:lick: I being unreasonable?
Not in my opinion, but that's because I do the same thing. I also play alto flute, electric bass & sing, These are the things I get calls for. Works for me!
 
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