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"It had never happened before. It may never happen again. But...During a recording session for Decca records, tenor sax player Illinois Jacquet stepped forward and ignited a spark that would fuel a revolution, with his seminal 64 bar, wailing solo...that creatively set afire a breakthrough generation of saxophonists who helped to invent a surging, gritty, raucous, sax driven music that came to be called “Rock n’ Roll...”

https://www.saxontheweb.net/Rock_n_Roll/RockSax01.html

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Excellent history Neil. We appreciate your time and research. Good to reflect on what happened back in those years. The styles, the sounds and the ideas which were handed down to the next generation(s) of sax players. We had so many different styles and attitudes back in those days to listen to and enjoy. And so many recordings featuring sax sections and sax solos on the airwaves, jukeboxes, television and movies :cheers:
 

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Great stuff, Neil. Thanks so much for posting that article. The history of this music (jazz/blues/R&R) and the role of the sax players in it is very important and worth checking out (essential, in fact!) by all current players & listeners, imo.
 

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Thanks! We put this together in recognition of the many great players who paved the way for today's generation, and to do our best to ensure their invaluable contributions, style and sound are never forgotten.

John Lull played a major role in putting this together, the efforts of the players/producers (including John Laughter and Pete Thomas) who contributed articles on every aspect from basics to techniques to the studio, was extraordinary, Curtis Swift (a great resource https://saxsolos.com/ ) did an excellent review, and a salute to Paul Harris (http://paulharrisphotography.blogspot.com/ for the photo gallery!

Oh, in case anyone is wondering, when we originally posted the teaching resource, video resources weren't practically feasible which shows just how far technology has travelled in such a short time!
 

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Thanks! We put this together in recognition of the many great players who paved the way for today's generation, and to do our best to ensure their invaluable contributions, style and sound are never forgotten.
Nice article, and noticed the bio:
"Neil Sharpe is a SOTW Contributing Editor has extensive experience with the emotional and psychological aspects of performance, health, and well being. He is the author and co-author of three professional texts and numerous peer reviewed papers. Neil and his sax have terrified the unsuspecting since the 1950's."
 

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John Lull played a major role in putting this together...
Oh hey Neil, that's me! LOL I knew that article looked familiar...:) Of course it was you who played the real major role in it. And it evolved considerably beyond any input I provided.
 
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