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Saxophone recordings of Larry Teal on CD

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Saxophone recordings of Larry Teal on CD
For those of us who previously had no idea (myself included), Professor Sinta has confirmed via email that Larry Teal is the orchestral saxophonist on the following two CD's:
Paul Paray/Detroit Symphony - Bizet Carmen and L'Arlesienne Suites - Mercury 434321 (1992).
Paul Paray/Detroit Symphony - Ravel (Bolero)/Debussy - Mercury 434306 (1992).
Happy new year, everyone.
OANegrin

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That's great to hear - I'm a big fan of the Mercury Living Presence recordings. I'll be on the lookout for those ones.

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Re: Saxophone recordings of Larry Teal on CD
Originally Posted by OANegrin Paul Paray/Detroit Symphony - Ravel (Bolero)/Debussy - Mercury 434306 (1992).
Do you know if that means that Teal plays both the tenor and soprano solos in Bolero, or are there two saxophonists? If the latter, do you know a) which one Teal plays, and/or b) who the other player is?

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KSQ,
Those are good questions, I will ask Prof. Sinta when he emails me back.
FWIW, I believe it is Larry Teal on soprano and Herb Couf (the other regular DSO saxophonist of that time) on tenor. I am less inclined towards thinking Teal is playing both horns, as the tone/vibrato concepts between tenor and soprano on the recording do not match up.
If/when I get the real scoop, I will post here with it.
OANegrin

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I bought the Bizet CD based on this thread. I just want to confirm - did Prof. Sinta say it was definitely Teal or that it would have been Teal based on the recording dates?
The reason I am asking is that to me the playing sounds more like a clarinetist or bassoonist "faking it" than someone comfortable with the saxophone.
Thanks for pointing us to these.
Alan

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AWHolley,
I checked Mr. Sinta's message again, and he said that it is Larry Teal on those particular recordings. I also just picked up the Bizet recording, and although it is not a virtuoso performance, it sounds to me like it is someone who voices very well on the saxo, some intonation issues notwithstanding.
Not to make excuses for the performance, but I have been told that Teal did not play much saxophone. That being the case, I am impressed by his voicing and vibrato.
OANegrin

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Thanks for double-checking!

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Originally Posted by awholley The reason I am asking is that to me the playing sounds more like a clarinetist or bassoonist "faking it" than someone comfortable with the saxophone.
Originally Posted by OANegrin Not to make excuses for the performance, but I have been told that Teal did not play much saxophone. That being the case, I am impressed by his voicing and vibrato.
Interesting comments taken together. If I remember correctly, Teal played flute with the Detroit Symphony. Based on the 40-year durability of his saxophone "bible" not to mention the accomplishments of his star student Sinta, I had always assumed that he was himself a great saxophonist as well, but it sounds like the recorded evidence does not support that assumption.
Glenn
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