Transcription of Clay Pritchard’s Solo on Cherokee

Here’s a transcription that Steve Kortyka did of a Clay Pritchard solo over Cherokee on the video below.  You might not have heard of these guys yet but Steve Kortyka is a great New York player that plays with Lady Gaga among many others and Clay Pritchard was a semi-finalist from the 2013 Monk Competition. Steve Read More…

Transcription of Jeff Ellwood’s Solo on Freedom Jazz Dance

Here’s another transcription from the Jeff Ellwood “School of Outness”.  This is from another video of Jeff that I found on Facebook a couple of months ago and put in my transcription folder of cool solos I had to one day transcribe. The video below is Jeff Ellwood playing a tenor sax solo over “Freedom Jazz Read More…

Chris Potter Interview/Performance with Christian McBride

Another great interview and performance by the great saxophone player Chris Potter.  This was recorded from Christian McBride’s SiriusXM radio show “The Low Down”. The interview is fascinating and Chris has such a humble and real honesty about him that it is like he’s in your living room talking to you.  At the 7:45 mark Read More…

Bill Evans Signature Series Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am reviewing the new Bill Evans Signature Series Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece.  Now, before I go further I must add a disclaimer: Warning: This is one the most expensive mouthpieces on the market that I know of right now. (1695.00 US) If you do not want to be tempted by a mouthpiece that you can’t Read More…

Lamberson J7 1920 Hard Rubber Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

In an effort to mix things up a bit,  I am now reviewing a new J7 tenor saxophone mouthpiece made by Fred Lamberson. Earlier this week, I reviewed the Ted Klum London model tenor mouthpiece which was probably one of the loudest and brightest mouthpieces I have played but now I turn my attention to Read More…

Rafael Navarro “Bob Mintzer” Bop Boy Tenor Mouthpiece Review

Today I am reviewing another great mouthpiece by Rafael Navarro.  This is a hard rubber “Bob Mintzer” Bop Boy model.  I have reviewed most of Rafael Navarro’s tenor models in the past.  In the beginning,  he was kind enough to send me a bunch to review but after a while he started getting busier as his Read More…

Ted Klum London Model Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today’s review is of a very used Ted Klum London model tenor saxophone mouthpiece that a friend of mine was nice enough to let me try.   Ted Klum is a great sax mouthpiece maker and refacer who has a great reputation among saxophone players.   His site is www.tedklummouthpieces.com.   It has been quite Read More…

Snake Oil for the Saxophone? The Buzz Oversized Neck Screw by Westcoast Sax

Whether you are into competitive sports, weight loss, golf or the saxophone, you have probably heard claims about products that you didn’t believe. Many times I refer to these claims and products with a term you have probably heard before: “Snake Oil”.  The definition of the term is : “Snake oil is an expression that originally Read More…

Michael Brecker on Three Quartets with Chick Corea

I just found this on Youtube this morning and wanted to share it. This video was made in 2003 and is a reunion concert of the original musicians from Chick Corea’s “Three Quartets” album. Chick Corea, Michael Brecker,Eddie Gomez and Steve Gadd. Three Quartets was released in 1981 and was one of the first albums Read More…

Saxquest “The Core” Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am reviewing the new “The Core” hard rubber tenor saxophone mouthpiece from Saxquest. Mark Overton over at Saxquest came out with two new hard rubber tenor sax mouthpieces a few months ago called “The Bridge” (hand faced by Eric Falcon) and “The Core” (hand faced by James Bunte). Mark said that the purpose  behind making these Read More…

A Blast from the Past-Chromazone by Mike Stern Cover

This weekend, I was going through my vast computer files and trying to clean out the gigabytes of junk I had on my computer when I discovered this old clip. This is from a recording session I did way back in the early 90’s.  I think I was about 25 at the time and in Read More…

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