I always like to feature performers from around the world on my blog. There are so many great saxophone players out there, and many of them are not well known outside their local regions or countries.
Thanks to sites like YouTube, these talented performers can now reach listeners way beyond their country’s borders. Such is the case with New Zealand’s Talita Summer.
Summer is a young woman who does things with her 1930s 10M that I have never heard a Conn do before. The sound she produces is more of what I associate with a 1960s or later Mark VI.
Her original, funky, smooth jazz compositions are solidly grounded in her saxophone sounds. If I could get my 10M to sound like this, I’d be inclined to play it more. As for the rest of her set-up, apparently she uses a Dukoff D8, and La Voz medium hard reeds.
I think Summer’s playing nicely exemplifies how there are many variables to a person’s sound, and how the horn is only a tool.
While the sax may have it’s own core sound, we as players bring our own, innate, unique sound to the table. (Check out the article I wrote about this specifically.) It’s through this combination of our own sound, and the tools (gear) we choose—that enable us to shape our tone to a degree—that we finally produce our true saxophone sound.
In the following video Summers performs her original composition, One Of A Kind.