Wow that's crazy that you've jammed with him! I'm no expert though but in all the youtube/vimeo/facebook videos of him with Wynton & LCJO he's playing the Chu from what I can tell... never seen him playing a VI. maybe he used to. He was definitely playing the Conn when I saw LCJO soundcheck a couple years ago.Walter plays great! I've had the luck of playing side by side with him in a Jam session and he's all you'd expect from clips like this one. Cool, centered, full of resources and not a single note he plays is aimed at "showing off" his amazing skill. He played the curved sop on that jam and he killed! Also he has an amazing musical instinct, he ended up playing sop with some famous tango musicians (Marinaro, Suarez Paz, etc) and he pocket'd the aesthetics of it after the first chorus.
He plays a Chu tenor in the small combos, and I believe a VI in the LCJO.
man I love how dirty he plays in that video - so many players seem afraid of that but he just goes the whole way. I prefer his tone these days too but ain't nothing wrong with his playing there!Here he is doing his best Gonsalves impression on "Diminuendo & Crescendo in Blue" with Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. I prefer the mellower tone he gets nowadays but he still sounds great.
I saw him with LCJO last summer and he was playing his Conn. + All the recent clips of that band show him playing a Conn so I presume he plays it for everything. Haven't seen any clips of him playing a Selmer. He used to play a Keilwerth as per the the diminuendo and crescendo clip. Not that any of it actually matters.He plays a Chu tenor in the small combos, and I believe a VI in the LCJO.
Perhaps not at this moment. Let's not forget that Johnny Hodges and Russell Procope played Buescher altos for quite a big chunk of their careers. Ike Quebec played a Big B tenor. I believe that Noel Jewkes (a great but underrated Bay Area tenorman) used to play a Buescher 400. Jerry Dodgion played a 400 on his album with Charlie Mariano. Dan Block blows a True-Tone soprano and recorded his first CD on an Aristocrat tenor. Now he plays a 10m tenor.I think Bueschers are still a bridge too far for serious jazz players. When I started using them 10-11 years ago, it was precisely because no jazz was being played on them.
Basically I wanted to test the belief that they were only right for Rascherian playing. I disproved that belief for my own purposes as a modestly skilled jazz player. But at the world-class levels, jazz still is not played on Buescher saxes.