The bass saxophone is pitched in Bb, and
down to the Ab (concert pitch) below the bass clef. The largest
encountered saxophone, it is situated between the very rare Eb
contrabass saxophone, and the more common Eb baritone sax.
Adrian Rollini "Bouncin' In Rhythm" (). This
a collection of Rollini's work on the bass sax, vibraphone, piano, and
hot fountain pen. One of the early jazz masters of the instrument
Everything by the Nuclear
Whales . With few exceptions, the bass sax always has a prominent
Saxemble "Saxemble" (Quest Records, 9
This is all sax and drums, sort of a "Nuclear Whales" meets "World
Quartet" in style. The musicians are James Carter (alto and bari),
Lowe (tenor), Michael Marcus (manzello, bass sax), Cassius Richmond
and Cindy Blackman (drums), with Alex Harding (bari) and Bobby LaVell
There is lots of bass sax, prominently displayed, on this CD.
Spencer Clark: "Sweet & Hot" (Audiophile
(LP)) This is the one of only 2 Jazz recordings I know of dedicated to
Bass Sax. The performer was a devotee of Adrian Rollini, the famous
Bass Saxophonist who played with Red Nicholls, Joe Venuti, Fred
and others. This LP tends towards slower numbers and the Sax sound is
(almost like a tenor in some ways) and clear. Quite a nice LP.
Bill Laswell & Peter Brötzman: "Low
(Jimco, JICK 89060) or (Celluloid, CELD 5016) (CD). On this Bill
plays electric basses and Peter Brötzmann plays a Conn bass
throughout. The style is free jazz and the sound is very raw, loud,
and disturbing. The saxophone may be clearly heard, but it is often
uses growlings, shrieks, split notes so if you want to hear 'straight'
bass sax this is not for you. On the whole though it's pretty strong
"Anubis" by Gerard Grisey for unaccompanied
played by Claude Delangle on a CD of Music by Gerard Grisey. The
CD is on the Accord label number Accord 201952. The piece uses
extended techniques (multiphonics, tongue slaps) but shows off the
of the instrument well. It lasts about 7 minutes.
Scott Robinson, "Thinking Big" (1997, Arbors
ARCD 19179). Nice jazz, backed by piano, guitar, drums, trombone,
and trumpet. Scott Robinson plays most of the saxophone family on
this, including a lot of bass and contrabass
sax (also soprano, alto, C melody, tenor, bari; theremin; Eb
contrabass sarrusophone; clarinet, and bass clarinet). He
contrabass sax on "Ko-Ko" (Duke Ellington) and "Basso Profundo" (Duke
and bass sax on "Sleepy Time Gal", "Oh! Sister, Ain't That Hot!", "It's
Magic", and "Stompin' at the Savoy". In addition to the great old
jazz, the CD insert includes a number of pictures of SR with the
sax, one of which also shows the bass sax, and another which shows
contrabass, and contrabass sarrusophone together. Recommended!
Marty Grosz & Keith Ingham, "Going
(1997, Stomp Off Records, CD 1323). Over an hour's worth of jazz
from the 1920's and 30's, including Scott Robinson on bass sax on a
of tracks, and Eb
contrabass sarrusophone on one ("I Like To Do Things For
The disc is fun to listen to, and Scott's solos (also on clarinet and
saxes) are perfectly in character. Can't hide bass sax or sarrusophone
in a small ensemble ;-)
Kientzy, "Pur-Sax" (1996 nova-musica,
This is a very modern/experimental CD, including saxophones from
to contrabass. The CD is 100% saxophone, with lots of
Tracks include Musique spectrale (Calin Ioachimescu) [SAB +
Vagues, ondes, contours (Horia Surianu) [A + 5A]; Rimes pour la
du temps (Tiberiu Olah) [A + 8A]; La colline bleue (Costin Miereanu)
Mi-ha-sefer (Aldo Brizzi) [46Sn/36S/37T/34Bs]; and Tempi dell mente
Giuliano) [S + 5S/5A/5Sn].
Roscoe Mitchell "Four Compositions" (1987,
Music Ltd., LCD2021). This CD is mainly avant-garde classical,
composed by Roscoe Mitchell. It includes one track ("Prelude")
is a quartet for voice, bass saxophone, contrabass
sarrusophone, and triple contrabass viol. The liner notes
a picture of the quartet on stage.
"circular logic" by Steve Adams and Vinny Golia
NWCD0203). Steve Adams plays C/alto/bass flutes and sopranino through
saxophones, while VG plays sopranino/bari/bass saxes, english horn,
picc/C/alto/bass flutes, and Eb/Bb/A/alto/bass/contralto/contrabass
clarinets. The tracks are listed on the back along with a
of who plays what on which track. A lot of creative interplay, in
a free jazz improvisational style.
- Adam Gilberti's "Genesis
includes bass sax on
Honor" and "Violin Concerto".
Other instruments featured on the CD (actually a 2 CD set) include contrabass
and contra-alto clarinet, contrabassoon, serpent, contrabass
sax, and Bb subcontrabass tubax. See http://www.genesisconcert.com
to order the CD.