I’ve been looking for some video footage of Cat Anderson that shows a good look at his embouchure for a long time. I’ve found one that’s pretty good, but unfortunately it doesn’t show him changing register enough to get a good look at his embouchure motion. Still, if you know what to look for you might be able to make a pretty good guess as to what embouchure type Cat Anderson belonged to. Take a look and see what you think.
The best look at his chops happens around 1:13 into the video, and he’s even playing on a plastic transparent mouthpiece (although we really don’t get a great look at his lips inside). Even with his mustache making it a little hard to see his ratio of upper to lower lip, it looks like Anderson has much more lower lip inside the cup. My best guess is he’s a Low Placement embouchure type.
I’ve heard that Donald Reinhardt typed Cat Anderson, although I don’t know if he got to look at him up close and in person or if he just watched carefully from a distance. Rumor has it that Anderson belonged to a very rare variation of the upstream embouchure performer, one who’s embouchure motion is the reverse of the vast majority of Low Placement types. Instead of pulling his lips and mouthpiece down to ascend, Anderson supposedly pushed up. This is the same embouchure motion that the Very High Placement embouchure type uses, but Anderson doesn’t look at all like that embouchure type.
Can you see his embouchure motion in the video? Does it look reversed for the Low Placement type to you?