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Mulligan View: The Baritone Saxophone Band

Gerry Mulligan
Nick Brignola, Ronnie Cuber and Gary Smulyan

Let us now praise those souls who have long languished in relative neglect, sitting stage left in the sax section, providing honk factor in soul-oriented groups, and otherwise serving functions off to the side of the spotlight.

Too often, baritone saxists are accustomed to lurking in the shadows, providing an important low end for their saxophonic brethren, and settling for token improvisational stretch time. Lately, though, things have been looking up. Projects such as Hamiet Bluiett’s baritone quartet are helping to bring the instrument a newfound respect as a lead instrument.

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