I thought I’d share a pic of my new baby, a soprano sax made by Rampone, their curiously half-curved Saxello model which I customised a bit!
Apologies for being a big bore non sax players, but that’s just what this horn has, a big bore, meaning it can get a pretty big smooth sound, even if it’s just a little harder to tune than the brilliant Yanagisawa model I’ve had for twenty years. Some may remember me playing a fully curved silver soprano in the 1990’s and I wanted to approach something like this again.
Our instruments become part of us don’t they. I’ve grown to love this one.
I decided to feature it on my latest CD Weather Walker, which we finished mixing just recently. I thought I’d share some personal footage, really made just for my own archive, of me soloing on the title track. The string section was recorded earlier at Abbey Road, and the string group varies in size right up to forty three players on some pieces,
more on that nearer the release date. I got completely hooked on an old folk tune from the North East called “The Snows They Melt The Soonest” and it became a presiding spirit during the writing of Weather Walker. You can hear a whole track on Radio 3 on March 11th when I am interviewed during this years Free Thinking Festival at The Sage Gateshead.
Listen to the mighty Jason Rebello and Yuri Goloubev (who play stunningly well on this CD along with Pablo Held) and me, falling in love with my new baby. Just a little 2 minute clip here: