As a baritone saxophonist who needs a very stiff reed, few reeds can stand up to my demands. I’ve tried them all and for ten years and counting, found that only the Bari-Star (hard) synthetic reed is consistent in giving me that big powerful bari sound that is . . . . me!"
Dale Fielder is an American jazz saxophonist, composer and band leader. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays all four saxophones: soprano, alto, tenor and baritone with equal authority. He is known for his original compositions and choice of performing rare, obscure jazz classics as well as his varied group concepts and variety of presentations. Fielder has recorded over 14 CDs as a leader for various labels since he first appeared on the national jazz scene in 1993 with his first CD “Free Flow”. Fielder is also a product of the University of Pittsburgh Jazz Studies Program, where he studied as an ethnomusicology major under Dr. Nathan Davis. In 1996, he recorded a national top-ten CD,” Dear Sir: Tribute To Wayne Shorter” to widespread critical acclaim. Selected as BET’s 1999 Jazz Discovery winner, Fielder has taped several subsequent video appearances and shows for BET. His 2005 CD, “Baritone Sunride” also received international attention bringing Fielder recognition as one of the top new baritone saxophonists in jazz on the tradition of jazz great, Pepper Adams. His July 2007 release DFQ~Plays The Music Of Pepper Adams, continues to document his classic jazz quartet, with legendary jazz pianist Jane Getz, that as of 2012 is celebrating their 17th consecutive year together. In 2011 Fielder began touring with his new Tribute Quintet performing his Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Quintet Project. Their new CD 'Each Time I Think Of You' will be released spring 2012.