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I like guys who can play great melodic lines in ballads, rather than just playing really lines over the changes.

Who do youi think are greatest ballad players - alto or tenor?

maybe Dexter, Scott Hamilton, James Moody?

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I think Dexter.
 

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Go listen to some Ben Webster......
 

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Larry McKenna, George Young, Stanley T, Joel Frahm, +1 For Dexter, Hank Mobley.
 

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I love Coltrane playing "In a Sentimental Mood" with Duke Ellington. Just beautiful....
 

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Besides Ben Webster and Lester Young, I like Arnette Cobb. On alto, Charley Parker and Johnny Hodges. I have the Ballads album with Dexter Gordon. Great stuff as well.
 

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I like Dex and Coleman Hawkins in this respect , also Wayne Shorter and Bird from BIRD WITH STRINGS, but I think Klaus Doldinges stands head and shoulders above anyone else I have ever heard when It comes to playing pure melodic lines on a ballad..sheesh...he even plays wonderfully melodic lines on fast tunes. IMHO.
 
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