What do you get when give the baritone sax and bass trombone players the chance to bring out the heavy metal? You get improvised solos which are lively, heavy, and as interesting as you might expect. Jay Mason’s bass saxophone tone blends well with Bill Reichenbach’s tuba tone. The bass sax adds a welcome reediness and projection whereas the tuba’s characteristic round and full tone adds body to the over bass sound. This combo is one of my favorites now and I hope to hear more of it. Of course it goes without saying that the arrangement by Frank Macchia is a great pleasure to hear and a wonderful way to show off these two great horns now rare to mainstream jazz music.
TAKE AWAY: This is a pleasure to hear and I’m glad to share it.