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list                           Fri, 15 May 1998           Volume 1 : Number 74

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Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 20:55:33 -0200
From: (Timothy Tikker)
Subject: introduction

I hope this is appropriate to this list:  I know some lists encourage
having new subscribers introduce themselves, so here I am:

I'm Timothy Tikker.  I'm organist at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist
in Charleston, SC, though have been here only a year and a half, having
moved from the west coast (born and raised in San Francisco, then lived in
Eugene, OR for some years).  I'm also a clarinettist, have a C soprano sax,
play renaissance winds, some middle-eastern percussion, and compose.

I've been fascinated with the sarrusophone since I first read about the
instrument in about the 7th grade (Baines' book), and that remains a major
motivation for my joining this list.  But I love other deep basses, e.g.
contrabass clarinet, as well... oh, and of course, the organ!

The only sarrusophones I've seen in the flesh are those at the Metropolitan
Museum in New York City.  I have however played on a reed contrabass, that
owned by Philip Neuman of Oregon City.  Otherwise, I've heard some
recordings, e.g. Paul Winter, Sydney Bechet...

I plan soon to contribute a piece here on contrabass sarrusophone
orchestration, from a French orchestration text from 1950 -- an interesting
comparison of the French contrbasson and the contrabass sarrusophone in C.

I also have been researching the Catalonian Sardana Coblas for some time,
and hope to report findings here.  Of course, these instruments qualify
perhaps marginally here -- the tenora shawm has a rather English-Horn-type
range, and the bass Fluegelhorns in C qualify as something low, I guess...

- Tim Tikker


Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 10:42:56 -0700
From: Grant Green <>
Subject: Contrabassoon FS

The latest from the Doublereed list:
Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 22:44:44 -0500 (CDT)
From: Daniel Burdick <>
Subject: Contra for sale

Moennig contrabassoon for sale, serial #1245. Excellent condition,
virtually brand new, recently sealed. Low A bell.  $6300.
Shipping is possible in the US.

Dan Burdick


Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 12:11:08 -0700
From: Grant Green <>
Subject: CD Review

CD REVIEW: Thinking Big

My copy of "Thinking Big" by Scott Robinson (1997, ARCD 19179) *finally*
arrived yesterday, and I've been enjoying it all day.  SR plays theramin,
soprano & bass clarinet, soprano/alto/C-melody/tenor/bari/bass/contrabass
saxophone, and contrabass sarrusophone, and is joined by David Robinson
(trumpet/cornet), Dan Barrett (trombone), Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar), Pat
O'Leary (bass), Richard Wyands (piano), Mark Shane (piano/celeste), and
Klaus Suonsaari (drums).  Tracks:

  1. "My Heart" (mainly tenor)
  2. "Mood Indigo" (theramin, bass clarinet)
  3. "Mandy, Make Up Your Mind" (sarrusophone, of course, & soprano sax)
  4. "All Too Soon" (C melody)
  5. "Ko-Ko" (contrabass sax)
  6. "Chances Are" (tenor)
  7. "Sleepy Time Gal" (bass sax)
  8. "Oh! Sister, Ain't That Hot!" (clarinet, bass sax)
  9. "It's Magic" (bass sax)
  10. "Dreams Come True" (C melody)
  11. "Stompin' At the Savoy" (bass sax)
  12. "On A Turquoise Cloud" (alto/tenor/bari/clarinet/bass cl/theramin)
  13. "Basso Profundo" (contrabass sax)
  14. "Moonlight and Roses" (alto)

Crank up the bass!  The music here varies from Ellington-era jazz to
Dixieland.  It's all very listenable, and SR gets a great sound out of his
bass and contrabass saxes.  I'll have to take it home and crank it up on
the home stereo to do the bass justice (my office speakers are about 4"
tall...).  Time to update several pages of the discography...


Grant D. Green             Just filling in on sarrusophone
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