E. Rousseau JDX 5 Jazz Baritone Saxophone Mouthpiece BRAND NEW
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The JDX Baritone sax mouthpiece is brighter and has stronger projection than the Rousseau Studio Jazz Series. The JDX features a unique wedged baffle that balances a stable sound with greater power, edge and projection. Good response and an even scale in all registers. A full sounding mouthpiece, with enough edge to "cut through" but enough warmth for sensitive ballad work.
In contemporary music or in other words playing saxophone in today's world, it's a fact that saxophonists need a certain amount of power, projection and cut in order to be heard among all of the electronic instruments. The JDX delivers this power in an elegant and beautiful sounding package. The sound of Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Eric Marienthal, Grover Washington and Cannonball Adderley to name a few are some examples of the range of tone one might obtain from the Rousseau JDX Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece.
The wider tip openings of Jazz sax mouthpieces necessitate playing softer reeds than the reeds you play with a Classical sax mouthpiece. Also, in general, Jazz players are seeking a buzzier sound that the softer reed provides. Jazz mouthpieces are louder and brighter than Classical mouthpieces because of the smaller chamber of the Jazz mouthpieces. The larger tip opening of a Jazz mouthpiece also provides for some more volume of tone but mostly it assists in the bending of notes.
I’ve been playing saxophone since 1987. I switched to steady baritone in 1993. One of the many things I have learned over the years is that mouthpiece shopping can be almost as frustrating as buying a decent used car! I’ve seen countless players over the years, from student to seasoned pros who have spent HUNDREDS of dollars on experimenting with new mouthpieces, only to be disappointed in the end.
I was always a “metal head” when it came to baritone mouthpieces, vintage Brilharts were always my go to. I wanted a plastic/rubber mouth piece that had the projection and “punch” of a metal, but, yet, the whole, warm, full, classic tone of plastic/rubber mouthpieces.
When I received my Rousseau JDX (which, to my suprize, arrived in less than a week as Quinn the Eskimo is in Redmond, Washington and I live in Philadelphia), I played only a “C” scale at first and was shocked by the pitch, tone, and especially the ease of control.
When I play, I’m usually not miked, as my band usually plays outdoor venues, parades, and the such.
I HIGHLY recommend the Rousseau JDX mouthpiece for baritone saxophone.