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Rank your top four alto players...(classical guys are welcome too)

Be sure to put them in order, 1 being the greatest...4 being the next to next next to greatest. Since this is subjective, I'm asking you to consider technique, impact on their genre, contribution to the literature...not to mention who you like listening to. We're looking for the total package...not just kudos to people who deserve kudos.

And since I'm opening up this poll, I'll start...

1) Adderley
2) Parker
3) Woods
4) Stitt
 

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richie cole
Ralph Moore
James Moody
Paquitoo is a monster as well

I agree that Cannonball is in the top, but I put Parker above him just out of mentor mentee ideals. Cannonball used to follow Parker around to hear him play and steal licks and stuff.
 

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Trane was not one of the best alto players.
 

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Carbs, tsk, tsk...you could only name two alto players.

If Parker and Adderley are your fave alto players, you should buy a King Super 20 alto.
 

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Raphyel said:
Trane was not one of the best alto players.
Neither is Moody, by that definition.
 

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Art_Salt said:
Carbs, tsk, tsk...you could only name two alto players.

If Parker and Adderley are your fave alto players, you should buy a King Super 20 alto.
I wish I could afford one otherwise I would.

Trane did start off playing alto, in the Army jazz band. I think it was Army. I believe he inlisted a day -week before or after the first atomic bomb was dropped. Besides that I am mostly a Tenor player. ;)
 

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Lets cut to the chase....

CHARLIE MARIANO....still going strong in his 80's and someone Cannonball sighted as a master player. ( Check my SaxJournal article on Mariano ALMOST 19 Years ago Etc - )
Listen to Mingus " Black Saint and Sinner Lady " to hear Mariano in 60's era then listen to anything he's done NOW. AMAZING PLAYER....and not retro.
 

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I would say:

- Adderley
- Desmond
 

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Tim Price said:
Lets cut to the chase....
CHARLIE MARIANO....
Listen to Mingus " Black Saint and Sinner Lady " to hear Mariano in 60's era then listen to anything he's done NOW. AMAZING PLAYER....and not retro.
Oh man, that's one of my favorite recordings, and yeah Charlie Mariano Kills on that one!

Hey, why are there 2 of these threads? I answered in the other thread. Bird fills all 4 of the best ever slots for me, but sure, guys like Cannonball, Charlie Mariano, Art Pepper, Jackie McClean were all great players.
 

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1. Johnny Hodges
2. Charlie Parker
3. Ornette Coleman
4. Art Pepper
 

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1. Parker
2. Woods
3. Hodges
4. Royal
 
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