December 23. 2016
Today I will post about a difficulty of bass saxophone.
Many other reed players tried the bass saxophone, but mostly with little success.
The great Coleman Hawkins used it briefly with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra.
His timbre was curious honks and squeaks and Henderson colleagues laughed hysterically.
So he decided to concentrate on tenor saxophone.
Fortunately we can hear his bass sax performance with Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra.
I think that it is interesting to compare the bass saxophone of Coleman Hawkins and Adrian Rollini.
Although there were never many bass saxophonist, the baritone sax was to become the cornerstone of jazz band by Harry Caney’s effort.
Harry Carney said “I actually tried to get a sound as big as Adrian Rollini, who was playing bass sax at that time . . . so I suppose whatever sound I get goes back to that.”
Rollini gave up the bass saxophone for the last time in 1938.
Then he continued to be active with vibraphone and chimes.
Here is Coleman Hawkins & Fletcher Henderson play “Carolina Stomp” (1925).
We can actually hear Coleman Hawkins on a bass saxophone.
Here is Frankie Trumbauer & Bix Beiderbecke & Adrian Rollini play “Crying All Day”(1927).
Here is California Ramblers with Adrian Rollini play “I Must Have Company”(1924).