This mouthpiece was inspired by a mouthpiece played by the legendary Cat Anderson. It has an extremely wide round comfortable rim, but a very small inside diameter (.550″). This rim coupled with the super shallow cup (similar to Bach F) is a good combination for upper register work. The throat shape and throat cylinder length have been enhanced for maximum air flow and playability. The Legends S backbore is great for any style of playing, and slotting is excellent with this mouthpiece throughout the range. The SuperCat II is perfect for cool cats looking to scream in the upper register!
If you are interested in this mouthpiece, but think the .550″ inside diameter may be too small, consider the SuperCat III at .600″. If you would like an even smaller inside diameter, consider the SuperCat at .500″.
Cat Anderson Bio:
William Alonzo Anderson was born in Greenville, South Carolina in 1916. He spent some time as a young boy at Jenkins Orphanage in Charleston, where he learned to play trumpet and picked up the nickname “Cat”. He first toured and recorded with a group based at the orphanage, the Carolina Cotton Pickers. As a young man he played with many groups, including Claude Hopkins’ Big Band, Doc Wheeler’s Sunset Orchestra, Lucky Millinder, Erskine Hawkins, and Lionel Hampton. He recorded the classic “Flying Home No. 2” with Hampton in 1942. In 1944 he joined Duke Ellington’s orchestra, which was to become the setting for his most memorable performances. Anderson is widely regarded as one of the best high-note players of all time, and Ellington capitalized on this talent. His solos with Ellington were not just a showcase of the extreme high register, though. He was also known for creative and artistic use of mutes, half-valve playing, and his fine tone in all registers. He performed with Ellington during 1944-47, 1950-59, and 1961-71. He eventually settled in the Los Angeles area, where he continued to play studio sessions, and perform with local bands including Bill Berry’s big bands, until his death in 1981. His unique style and mastery of the extreme upper register still inspires trumpeters all over the world today.
- Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Anderson
- Allmusic: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/cat-anderson-mn0000199369/biography
Legends Brass is in no way affiliated with Cat Anderson or the estate of Cat Anderson. All web links and videos found on this site are for educational and entertainment purposes only. No relationship between the two parties is implied. Legends Brass uses this information solely to honor the accomplishments and legacy of this great performing artist.