Blues Ala Mode is one of my most often used tunes. This track has me with one of my favorite accompanists; bassist Mike Richmond. On over 165 recording projects he has played and recorded with the likes of Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, and the list goes on.
The Martin TS #192748 saxophone was used with a Hollywood Dukoff open to .078". The horn had no resonators at this time.
Ken’s Ballade is from a recording done in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Guitarist Ken Bassman, originally from Toronto, lives and plays in this little serious music haven. The bassist is the legendary Tyler Mitchel.
A Martin Magna alto saxophone (#208293) was used with a Selmer Soloist short shank opened to .068". The horn has Reso-tec flat brass resonators.
TK Suite #1 is part of a free “improv” session recorded at Alltribe Studios, Ted Klum’s studio in Little Falls, New Jersey. Rich Messbauer is on bass and Tom Sayek plays drums. If I had to pick a favorite sound in recording my tenor saxophone, I’d start here with the four pieces in this suite.
The Martin tenor saxophone (#200379) was used and it has a complete set-up by “Tenor Madness,” AKA Randy Jones. The mouthpiece is a Super Tone Master Otto Link, size 4 star opened to .088" (No USA on the shank).
TRACKS 5 THRU 8
South Carolina Sketches is a four-movement original work for saxophone trio (soprano, alto, tenor). Everyone is playing a Martin saxophone. Steve Silverstein on soprano saxophone (#81042). Tristen Willems on the Martin soprano saxophone (#74732). I am using a Martin Magna tenor saxophone (#214041) with a Slant Line Otto Link #4 mouthpiece opened to .078". The Magna has flat brass Reso-tec resonators.
SMA Birds is an original work by me also for saxophone quartet. It is pretty much my notation of a happening that occurred outside my window at the villa I was staying at in San Miguel two years ago. The birds gave me the idea as to what to do.
Dave Richards is on a Martin baritone (#214704). The rest of the group is the same as on Tracks 5-8.
Aubade is my composition as played with the Slovak Radio Orchestra in their beautiful concert hall in Bratislava, Slovak Republic. The piece was originally recorded with just the strings as part of a classical music recording session I participated in as both composer and player. When we finished the string orchestra recording the idea of doing it this way just came to me on the spot. My part was not written. The score for Aubade can be seen at www.dornpub.com/download.html.
I am using Martin Magna saxophone (#214041) and the same Slant Line Tone Edge Otto Link mouthpiece, a #4 opened to .078". The players had never played with a jazz musician and seemed to appreciate the new experience greatly.
Chazz is another improvised piece based on an idea by the late bassist Wilber Morris. The actual melody and form are now different from when we did it with Wilber in the early 90s. This is from a live Concert this year in San Miguel at L’Invito, a Restaurant -Club run owned by Sylvia Bernadini (an Italian Lady of much merit for her constant support of the Arts). L’Invito is located in an art institute and the actual concert was held on an outdoor patio. The singer is my wife Pam Purvis who is improvising the lyrics and the pianist is Gabriel Hernandez who has worked with Roy Hargrove and Pacquito D’Rivera.
I am using a Martin Magna tenor saxophone (#214041) but this time with an Otto Link 4**** model mouthpiece opened to .086".
Late Night in Old San Miguel was the end of a recording session there at Ken Bassman’s, with Tyler Mitchel on bass. My equipment is the same as track 2.
TK Suite #3 will test your listening endurance as it lasts almost 16 minutes. It’s the same session and equipment as tracks 3 & 4.
TK Suite #4
Reflections is free improv with bassist Chris Lough.
I am using The Martin tenor saxophone (#192748) the same horn as track 1, but this time it has undersized flat-brass Reso-tec resonators. The mouthpiece is an Otto Link Super Tone Master (no USA) #4 opened to .081".
Reflections is free improv from the same session as track 15.