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    Tom Jones "Kiss"...what is that strange sax-like instrument?

    I really like this tune, but I've always been confused as to what the instrument is.

    I'm thinking it could be one of these four:

    1. Contrabass clarinet
    2. Contrabassoon
    3. Bass sax (it seems too low for a baritone, but it could be baritone)
    4. Some sort of brass instrument?

    I swore it was a bass saxophone, but I could be wrong.

    Can anyone clue me in?

    Thanks

    Cheers,
    Ben

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    Re: Tom Jones "Kiss"...what is that strange sax-like instrument?

    It's a baritone sax, possibly sampled or otherwise processed. As I recall it has a prominent room reverb on it. The track was produced by Art of Noise (Anne Dudley, Trevor Horn, etc.), who were early adopters of the Fairlight and other sampling technology.

    Brian

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    Re: Tom Jones "Kiss"...what is that strange sax-like instrument?

    Also it sounds layered. If you layer the QL alto, tenor and bari saxes you get a similar sound because of the phase etc. Also it sounds like a harmonizer was put on there as well.

    Dave Connor

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