Some time ago, I remarked here viewtopic.php?f=27140&t=9782&p=50664 that Chu Berry was probably the most underrated tenor sax influence of the 1930's (in part because Berry himself is often misleadingly called a Coleman Hawkins disciple, though by the mid-1930s he had clearly developed a style of his own).
What I didn't realize, though, is that on at least one recording Chu may have soloed on baritone sax! Listen to "Knock, Knock, Who's There?" by Fletcher Henderson, recorded August 4, 1936. Good trumpet (and corny jokes!) from Roy Eldridge, but what is really interesting is the 16-bar baritone sax solo. Is it Chu? As Jan Evensmo remarks in his Chu Berry "solography" "the rhythmic feeling and the phrasing are so typical of Chu" http://www.jazzarcheology.com/artists/chu_berry.pdf and it's hard to believe that anyone else in the Henderson sax section could produce a solo like that...
I have always been intrigued, incidentally, by good baritone sax solos by players who were not primarily known as baritone sax soloists--like Jimmy Dorsey in Goldkette's "I'm Gonna Meet My Sweetie Now" or the Venuti recording of "I've Found a New Baby." Or Don Murray on Venuti's "Penn Beach Blues" and "The Wild Dog" and "Pretty Trix"
But with JD and Murray, you expect them to double on various reeed instruments. It's a surprise to hear Chu Berry play anything but tenor...
ALLAH'S HOLIDAY - Ted Lewis and His Band feat. Don Murray on baritone and clarinet according to Enrico Borsetti.
See also DON MURRAY, BARITENOR SAXOPHONE
https://yestercenturypop.com/2014/08/23 ... saxophone/