Deep Schrott bass sax quartet was founded in 2008, this is the first and only all-bass-saxophone-quartet ever. The German players and composers Dirk Raulf, Wollie Kaiser, Andreas Kaling and Jan Klare play their original compositions as well as own versions of rock and pop tunes.
These guys have been sharing excerpts and video clips on YouTube.com for years. The bass sax has become someone of an oddity in today’s music literature and the music performance scene. I can tell you carrying one around is not an easy proposition. I actually have to make sure the bass fits in a car before I buy it.
“The bass saxophone is the second largest existing member of the saxophone family (not counting the subcontrabass tubax). It is similar in design to a baritone saxophone, but it is larger, with a longer loop near the mouthpiece. Unlike the baritone, the bass saxophone is not commonly used. While some composers did write parts for the instrument through the early twentieth century (such as Percy Grainger in Lincolnshire Posy), the bass sax part in today’s wind bands is usually handled by the tuba, or in jazz and other popular-music bands by the double bass or electric bass, all of which have a lower range. In the 1920s, the bass saxophone was often used in early jazz recordings, since it was at that time much easier to record than the tuba or double bass.
The instrument was first used in 1844 by Hector Berlioz, in an arrangement of his Chant sacre, as well as in the opera Le Dernier Roi de Juda by Georges Kastner, also in 1844. Leonard Bernstein used a bass saxophone in his original score for West Side Story, as did Meredith Willson in his original score for Music Man and Sandy Wilson for “The Boy Friend”. The American composer Warren Benson has championed the use of the instrument in his music for concert band.” ~ Wikipedia