I was playing alto saxophone when I was growing up and was not really connected to it. I didn’t want to switch to tenor, so my teacher suggested the bari. I said, “What are you, crazy? I don’t want to carry that thing around!” But the first time I tried it, three notes in I was connected. The first player he hipped me to was Pepper Adams, who became my biggest influence in terms of sound and approach. Then came Cecil Payne and Gerry Mulligan. As far as what makes an effective solo, something has to come to my mind when I’m listening to it, like I can almost feel what the story was that they were trying to tell. The baritone saxophone is often overlooked, but if you want something new to transcribe, why not do a bari solo?
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