New SUPER JET Alto – DownBeat Magazine Review

New SUPER JET Alto – DownBeat Magazine Review

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Know Your Gear, News | 0 comments

New SUPER JET Alto – DownBeat Magazine Review In the May 2017 issue of DownBeat Magazine reviewer Bruce Gibson takes the new SUPER JET Alto mouthpiece for a test drive and finds that it hits all the right notes in all the right places. Here is the review in full: JodyJazz SUPER JET Alto Saxophone Sax Mouthpiece Contemporary Sound, Great Power JodyJazz has announced its new Super Jet saxophone mouthpiece series, which incorporates manufacturing techniques developed during design and development of the company’s DV, Giant and Jet mouthpieces. The first available Super Jet model is for alto saxophone.  Building on the success of its recently released Jet line of hard-rubber saxophone mouthpieces, JodyJazz has designed the Super Jet — constructed from virgin brass and silver-plated — with smooth-jazz, rock and funk players in mind. The goal was to create a contemporary-sounding mouthpiece with great power. “I wanted to apply many of the characteristics that had proved so popular with the Jet series to a metal mouthpiece,” said Jody Espina, president of JodyJazz. “The result has been far beyond our expectations. I feel now for the first time, we have a mouthpiece that spectacularly provides the tonality and performance that the majority of smooth-jazz players are looking for, but still without sacrificing bottom in the tone and the free-blowing nature that has become synonymous with JodyJazz pieces.” Click here for more information on the new JodyJazz SUPER JET Alto mouthpiece. I was excited by the results I got when trying the Super Jet alto mouthpiece (size 7 tip opening) with Vandoren Java (Red Box) #2½ and Fibracell medium reeds on a vintage Selmer Mark VI as well as the brand-new Yamaha 50th Anniversary Custom Z. I found the Super Jet to be comfortable, responsive and free-blowing. The lower notes on the altos were warm and rich sounding, even at low volumes. Articulation was crisp and intonation well-centered and accurate throughout all registers. The higher notes and altissimo range were incredibly responsive and impressively powerful. Both altos that I paired with the Super Jet projected very well without needing an unusually strong air flow — it was as if a gate had been opened and I had suddenly reached a new level of freedom to wail. The supplied Rico H ligature complemented the mouthpiece nicely. I thoroughly enjoyed playing the Super Jet on lead alto parts in a big band. The mouthpiece blended nicely in the saxophone section and gave me all the power I could want. As a soloist in a moderately loud ensemble, it was liberating to not have to worry about being heard without a microphone. Its “wow” factor has implications that go far beyond mainstream jazz, though. In a funk, fusion or r&b setting, this mouthpiece has the potential to sound great while really “letting it rip” in all registers of the alto. I would recommend the...

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New JET Baritone – Jazzwise Magazine Review

New JET Baritone – Jazzwise Magazine Review

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Know Your Gear, News | 0 comments

New JET Baritone – Jazzwise Magazine Review Jazzwise is the UK’s biggest selling Jazz Magazine and one of the most popular Jazz publications in all of Europe. In their August 2016 issue, Jazzwise took the new JodyJazz JET Baritone mouthpiece through its paces.  As you will see, they were more than a little impressed! Here is the review in full: JodyJazz Jet Baritone Sax Mouthpiece “We had already tested the JET tenor in the July 2015 issue of Jazzwise and were so impressed by the playability of the product that we promptly purchased it as our new ‘benchmark’ tenor mouthpiece. So when the baritone JET arrived on the test bench, we were understandably intrigued and excited about how the ‘bigger brother’ would match up to the smaller sibling.” “Like the tenor, the baritone is manufactured using JodyJazz’s proprietary polycarbonate alloy, which not only allows for super fine tolerances, but also offers an outer surface that is silky smooth to the touch. It’s vented rubberized cap just adds a certain style and class to its appeal. We also think that the Rico’H’ ligature is the JET’s perfect partner.” “Given that the house baritone was in the process of getting a news set of pads, we borrowed a silver-plated low A Elkhart for this particular test – and what a beauty it was!” “The baritone JET immediately reminded us of what we liked so much about the JET tenor – the well-centered warm, rich tone. And like its stablemate, the baritone JET is very free blowing, has spot on intonation and wows us with the ease with which you’re able to manipulate the sound.” Click here for more information on the new JodyJazz JET Baritone mouthpiece. “The altissimo is a dream and surprise, surprise, this mouthpiece plays just as easily in the bottom register! Needless to say, if you’re a baritone player, we suggest that you give the JET a blow. We can all but guarantee that you won’t be disappointed!” Click here for more reviews of JodyJazz mouthpieces JodyJazz Saxophone mouthpieces are hand-crafted in the USA with the strictest attention to detail using the highest quality materials, and every single mouthpiece is fully gauged and play tested. Visit us at JodyJazz.com Share...

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New JET Baritone – DownBeat Magazine Review

New JET Baritone – DownBeat Magazine Review

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Know Your Gear, News | 0 comments

New JET Baritone – DownBeat Magazine Review The May 2016 issue of DownBeat Magazine features a comprehensive review of the brand new JET Baritone mouthpiece. Downbeat contributing editor Ed Enright provides a very thorough review of this new mouthpiece, rigorously putting it through its paces in a variety of musical settings. As you will see the dynamic new JET Baritone passes with flying colors. Here is the review in full: JodyJazz Jet Baritone Sax Mouthpiece Clean & Focused with a Mighty Roar “JodyJazz continues to develop its popular Jet line of saxophone mouth- pieces with the introduction of a new baritone model—one that might help saxophonists overcome some of the instrument’s perceived barriers and ultimately lead to more bari converts. Like the company’s alto and tenor Jet models, the new bari version is designed to ramp up your projection and boost your ability to “cut” when desired, especially in sonic environments that are challenging for saxo- phonists. Alto and tenor players who have already caught on to the Jet’s concept have also discovered that it’s capable of so much more, and the bari model is no exception. It is available in size 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 tip openings. I played the Jet in multiple settings: in the horn section of a classic rock cover band, in a big band and in a New Orleans r&b band (on Mardi Gras). And I used it on two very different baris: a vintage low-B-flat King and a new low-A horn by Antigua. In that time, I decided that I want the Jet to be my go-to mouthpiece whenever I want a little extra oomph or seek a more subtle change in my approach. Click here for more information on the new JodyJazz JET Baritone mouthpiece. First things first: The Jet is indeed capable of a mighty roar, as its name suggests. I not only could achieve extreme volume (especially useful with the rock group), but I could use my chops to put noticeably more emphasis on the high and mid-level overtones in my sound. I was able to be heard over the amplified bass, guitars and keyboards that I am normally fighting against in that kind of setting. It was a real relief to be heard – and still get a clean, focused sound—without blowing a gasket in the process. Unlike some mouthpieces that are designed to achieve extreme effects, the Jet sounds great in the bari’s lower register, all the way down to low B-flat and low A. And, you can get a great tone out of it at low dynamic lev- els, like when I was playing sweet-sounding passages and blending with four other saxes in the big band. This flexibility is what will make the Jet an attractive piece for working bari players who are called upon to play differ- ent roles in various types of ensembles....

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New JET Tenor – DownBeat Magazine Review

New JET Tenor – DownBeat Magazine Review

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Know Your Gear, News | 0 comments

New JET Tenor – DownBeat Magazine Review The June 2015 issue of DownBeat Magazine features an excellent review of the new JET Tenor mouthpiece. Reviewer, Steve Eisen, gives a very comprehensive overview of this exciting new mouthpiece that provides many insights as to why it has become so very popular. Here is the review in full: “When I reviewed the Giant tenor saxophone mouthpiece from JodyJazz in the May 2014 issue of Downbeat, I was impressed with its somewhat unique design, and even more so with how it played. So I was excited when given the opportunity to review JodyJazz’s new Jet tenor mouthpiece. I had been hearing great things about the company’s alto model of the Jet, which has been available for a little more than a year. From the outside, the Jet resembles JodyJazz’s HR* model, but the inside is another story. I could see by the extreme baffle and thin rails that it was going to have some serious kick. I was sent size 8 and 9 tip openings, and I decided the 8 was more to my liking and closer to the tip opening that I’m most accustomed to on tenor. I chose a Rico Select Jazz 2H reed and used the Rico H ligature that comes with the Jet (cap is included also). The Jet was a complete blast to play from the very start. After an adjustment period of about five minutes or so, I felt extremely comfortable on it. The Jet had a bit more brightness than I was used to. But while playing it over the next week, I found it was easy to control. The dynamic range of the Jet is incredible. This piece can really scream, and I was pleasantly surprised at its ability to maintain a big, full sound when I backed way off and played softly. The Jet articulates extremely well with little effort all up and down the range of the horn. I have to make special mention of how it performs upstairs. The Jet’s altissimo range is astounding. It controls with ease all the way up to double F# (that’s as high as I go), with no dead spots anywhere along the way. The pitch is awesome as well, almost like it’s on rails. The Jet feels silky-smooth and packs enough punch to cut through guitars, keyboards, loud trumpet players and the like with very little effort in all ranges. Also surprising was the great response and articulation at the bottom end of the horn. Many of the “screamer” tenor pieces I’ve tried give up a lot down low. That is not at all the case with the Jet.Click here for more information on the new JodyJazz JET Tenor mouthpiece. I had several opportunities to use the Jet on gigs, and it performed beautifully. One was a horn section session for a blues recording. Pitch...

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JodyJazz Introduces New JET Tenor Saxophone Mouthpieces

JodyJazz Introduces New JET Tenor Saxophone Mouthpieces

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Know Your Gear, News | 0 comments

JodyJazz Introduces New JET Series Saxophone Mouthpieces We are very excited to announce the introduction of a new saxophone mouthpiece model, the new JET Tenor. An addition to their extremely successful JET Series of mouthpieces, the new JodyJazz JET Tenor offers many of the same performance characteristics that made the JET Alto so popular. The new JET Tenor is available in 6 (.090″), 7 (.100″), 7* (.105″), 8 (.110″) &  9 (.120″) tip openings. “The JET Alto models have been wildly successful.” Says Jody. “Originally developed to offer a brighter sounding mouthpiece in our selection, the great versatility of the JET Altos caught a lot of players by surprise. This is a major reason why they’ve been so very popular. The new JET Tenor is no different. In addition to Smooth Jazz, Rock, Latin and Funk settings where you’d expect them to excel, the JET Tenors can play lead in a big band and small Jazz combo setting. The fullness and ease of play in the bottom range of the saxophone is what is truly surprising people about the new Jet Tenor. In other words, a great tenor saxophone mouthpiece that will appeal to a very broad variety of players.” Launched at the beginning of 2014, the JodyJazz JET Alto has become one of the company’s top selling Alto mouthpiece models. Like the Alto model, the new JET Tenor is made at the JodyJazz factory in Savannah, GA using their five-axis CNC mill. It has been developed to offer a USA-made contemporary Tenor mouthpiece design at an affordable price. The JET is made using many of the same state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques developed by JodyJazz during the design and development of the award-winning DV Series. The JET models are constructed from a proprietary poly-carbonate alloy with a synthetic rubber mix; a hi-tech, expensive material. The new JET Tenor features a new chamber shape delivering a noticeably more powerful sound. The shorter facing curve delivers effortless altissimo. The company intends to develop Baritone and Soprano models next to add to the Alto and new Tenor models. Click here for a video review of the new JET Tenor mouthpiece. Watch out for our new print Ads in Downbeat, JazzEd, JazzTimes and other leading publications. The new JodyJazz JET Tenors are available now. Manufactured entirely in the USA, each mouthpiece is individually hand-crafted to the strictest quality standards and every single mouthpiece is fully gauged and play tested by experienced professionals before it leaves the factory. The new JodyJazz JET Tenor mouthpiece comes with Rico H Ligature, Cap & Mouthpiece Pouch. Click here for more information on the new JET Tenor. JodyJazz Saxophone mouthpieces are hand-crafted in the USA with the strictest attention to detail using the highest quality materials, and every single mouthpiece is fully gauged and play tested. Visit us at JodyJazz.com   Share...

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Musings on Sax Mouthpiece Making – Design vs Materials?

Musings on Sax Mouthpiece Making – Design vs Materials?

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Know Your Gear, Your Questions Our Answers | 0 comments

Musings on Sax Mouthpiece Making – Design vs Materials? Does the material that a sax mouthpiece is made of have an automatic effect on the way a mouthpiece plays? Is metal always louder than hard rubber? These are some common questions that I get asked about the effect of material on the sound and playing characteristics of a saxophone mouthpiece. My answer is simple and more complex at the same time. My opinion over time has changed from thinking material matters, to thinking it matters very little, to my current thought of 75% 25%. Read below to see what 75/25 means. Design – First off, the most important element that influences sound is the chamber shape and size, followed by the outside of the shape of the mouthpiece and then the facing curve. These three elements influence the sound more than the material difference. Having said that, material definitely matters and makes a difference for a couple of reasons. Vibration – A mouthpiece doesn’t vibrate in the same way that a trumpet bell or a saxophone does but the beak thickness of a mouthpiece is very important and the part of the mouthpiece that actually does vibrate. So different materials vibrate differently and do influence the sound. Manufacturing Method – When we machine a mouthpiece, each material acts differently to being cut – this is called flex. A material that has more flex might be more difficult to machine and have less accuracy than a firmer material. Metal is the more sturdy material with less flex than hard rubber and Polycarbonate.  Also we can manufacture metal pieces to have thinner side rails and shanks. Overall mass can effect how a mouthpiece sounds. So in conclusion a mouthpiece can be made to play bright and loud out of any material or pretty and dark out of any material, but some materials lend themselves better to certain sounds. I do believe that hard rubber is a warmer sound than metal. Having made identical mouthpieces out of brass and hard rubber, I found the hard rubber was approximately a 10% warmer sound.  The further we dive into this question the more ambiguous the answers become. Here is my final answer that I’m forcing myself to make. Design is 75% of the sound and material is 25%. JodyJazz Saxophone mouthpieces are hand-crafted in the USA with the strictest attention to detail using the highest quality materials, and every single mouthpiece is fully gauged and play tested. Visit us at JodyJazz.com Share...

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