else did. He joined in the year 1926 and stayed on for the next 45 years. He played the baritone saxophone in the band and made remarkable progress in the group making it attract large crowds at concerts. His expertise in playing the instrument was incomparable. Harry Carney played the saxophone differently from the others making him excel among his peers. He employed the circular breathing technique, which made him able to hold one note indefinitely. For this, he became an exceptional soloist. Carney's unique instrumental voice was an inspiration to Ellington, who went on to compose more songs for the band. Carney was a noble friend to Ellington in their music career until his death. They became close friends and always traveled together in a separate car leaving the band to go on the bus (Gunther 471-487).
Suen 3 Harry Carney "It Had to be You" (Harry Carney) December 14, 1954 Listening to this song brings out the intrinsic characteristics of jazz. The music is visceral; his voice is a guttural sound that makes the music better. In this song "It Had to be You", his sensitive vibrato is unmatched. Anyone who plays the baritone saxophone can attest that this is an exceptional performance. In the song, one will surely notice the distinct smoothness in Harry Carney's voice. Harry pulls everything from saxophone, in the right way, and delaying for the appropriate duration (Mark and Ellington 436-447).
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- Music, Swing music, Baritone saxophone, Harry Carney