Jerry Bergonzi is a world-renowned jazz saxophonist, composer and educator. He first gained recognition while touring and recording as a guest on several Dave Brubeck ensemble tours, and later held the saxophone chair in the Dave Brubeck Quartet from 1979-1982.
The Presence Masters Series Mouthpiece was sparked by Bergonzi's love of classic short shank Soloist models, played by such greats as Joe Henderson. There is a certain presence in Henderson's sound that surrounds the player and the listener. Full, rich, deep and even haunting are words that could describe this presence.
Aaron Drake's Presence design is informed by the Soloist models of the classic era, while adding innovations that inspire modern saxophonists.
Based on the same essential mouthpiece played by Joe Henderson, the Presence incorporates a "U" shaped chamber with flat side walls. This acoustic design creates a specific feel to the air flow and projects a very substantial core tone. Drake's design modifications optimize the Presence for larger tip-openings - something that was a challenge for players of the traditional version.
The Bergonzi Presence mouthpiece is made from Drake's unique and proprietary Vintage Resin material. The exacting design and the specific material produce an unparalleled response, brilliant projection, spot-on intonation and ease of expression.
The Presence presents a huge warm core with plenty of depth. It can be played mellow but still has plenty of pop and liveliness in the sound. The Presence helps facilitate the type of delivery Joe Henderson was famous for.
"What I look for in a mouthpiece is the ability to shape the sound that I hear in my head, along with ease of articulation. Drake mouthpieces do that for me."
The Presence is available only for Tenor Sax, in the following tip-openings:
7* / .105", 7** / .108" , 8 / .110", 8* / .115", 9* / 125", 10* / .135"
Each mouthpiece is handmade by master artisan Aaron Drake, and tastefully engraved with a unique serial number, the Bergonzi signature, and Drake Trademark.
Your purchase also includes a Drake Vintage Resin Double Rail ligature, Drake mouthpiece cap, plush drawstring pouch, and carry case.
Shipping of this mouthpiece is complimentary within the Continental USA.
Express International shipping is available as an option at check-out. All purchasers will be notified over email when their particular mouthpiece ships, along with any tracking information, if applicable.