The baritone is a very special instrument, usually related to the sax section of a big band and less known than the alto and tenor saxophones. Not many musicians decide to dedicate their lives to it. We have great references that inspire us: Pepper Adams, Serge Chaloff, Gerry Mulligan, Harrie Carnie, Lars Gullin, Cecil Payne…
Alba Esteban decided years ago that the baritone voice was her voice. When I listen to her, I perceive a bit of all the above baritones in her playing. Alba, as a singer herself, makes her instrument sound melodic, lyrical, both in her sound and in her improvisations.
Fifteen years after meeting Alba Esteban, I am very happy to see the release of this new CD, the 18th in the “Joan Chamorro presenta” collection, dedicated to her, where we can enjoy, besides her baritone, her soprano sax, inspired by the great Sidney Bechet, and her warm voice, more and more personal.
Alba Esteban, a new voice to be taken into consideration in the baritone saxophone scene.