Oska-T by Thelonious Monk. That’s me playing it on a sopranino sax.
Dontcha just love snow days? So far I’ve spent mine at Saxquest on Cherokee, where my visit was long overdue. Just weeks ago I bought a P. Mauriat soprano saxophone with all the fixins, and I’ve been fumbling with my Selmer S-80 D mouthpiece to no avail. This mouthpiece gives a warm, round sound to the thing, and I’m glad to have it for use with classical literature. But I sound way too much like an oboe for jazz. So I have my legit mouthpiece, and I went to the shop today to find a good one for jazz playing.
After narrowing my selection down from 7 to 3 mouthpieces, I decided to wait for the Tenny Select Otto Link mouthpieces to come into stock before I make my final decision. The current hit list is:
Selmer Super Session with E facing
Lamberson wood mouthpiece with .070″ facing
Tenny Custom Select Otto Link 7
Who will win? Stay tuned!
The Lamberson is an excellent mouthpiece with an incredible sound. I’ve never played on a wood mouthpiece before! I might go with this one, but while I was sampling it I got curious about the other horns in the shop. So I checked out their vintage saxophone museum featuring some particularly rare finds. I played a mezzo-soprano “Con-O-Sax” in F, developed to replace the English horn (which is shaped like one too), an original Swanee Sax that uses a slide instead of keys, and a vintage Buescher sopranino sax (on which I’m playing Monk’s Oska-T in the recording above). The Swanee Sax, much like a trombone or Ondes Martineau, lends itself implicitly to the cello solo from Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. So I serenaded the other saxes.
Gotta tell ya though: that sopranino is amazing! What a sound! Need to find one…