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Hi.

in your opinion, who has the best sound on alto. I mean in this days , from players who are alive.
 

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I wouldn't really consider Maceo jazz. Though he can play it, that's not his main bag.

I'm a big Vincent Herring fan. I don't know if I'd say he's the best, but he's my favorite. And if you like Hart and Woods, then check out the album "Alto Summit" that features all three players.
 

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Can't really say who's the best but my favorites are:
Kenny Garrett
Steve Wilson
Jon Irabagon
Jaleel Shaw
Will Vinson
 

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I like Rosario Giuliani for both his 'sound' AND his melodic approach...
 

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Marshall Allen (Re: Best jazz alto player who is alive)

Sure, its a matter of personal taste as to who's 'best' but Marshall Allen, well, the man is amazing. Otherworldly.

Marshall can slide along in the smoothest big-band sweet swing melody, then rip up a whirlwind spiral skronk that shoots straight through the top of your head and trails you in its wake out to the deepest stratosphere where it bops and flings you about like a rag doll among the stars and then scream you through the clouds and set you gently back down to earth all in the course of one fluid line in a single chorus, and just when you thought you couldn't get no further flung, he grabs your ears and, pow, zaps you into an alternate dimension. No drug can get you where he takes you.

Seriously, you have to see and hear it there in person to really believe it. Recordings don't do it justice; I have had the excellent good fortune to experience Marshall Allen's playing close up (within maybe two meters) on several occasions, and I always walk away in total awe, unsure if we even play the same instrument. In Toronto at the Hymn to the Universe show he did something mid-solo that was like a sonic clearing of the stage leaving the spotlight on one soloist, really, I don't know what he did, I've listened over and over to the CBC recording, that shooting scale, whatever it was, was like a pillar of fire. It's magic, in the Arthur C Clarke sense of the word.

I tried to upload a sample from an impromptu live university radio broadcast but the attachment thing didn't work for me, so here's a link to moon.fm: http://moon.fm/527/
 

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I haven't heard any alto player playing as much horn or sounding as close to Bird as Luigi Grasso does. He's my choice for bebop.
Will Vinson is really impressive for a more modern alto approach.
 

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For my money, in terms of sheer badass-ery: Kenny Garrett and Steve Coleman do stuff that most people just cannot do.
Yes, yes, yes...
 

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Bunky Green

Not heavily prolific with CD's in last 20 years, but those 2-3 he has done under his name received 5* recognition from Down Beat. My favorite is "Healing the Pain". Some incredible, emotional playing on this disc - dedicated to his parents who had recently passed at the time. But to experience Bunky live is really the only way to gain full impact of his creative, musical genius - not to mention his technical facility and flexibility. He's an amazing altoist and a beautiful person.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUOaiLPsVio&feature=related
 

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+1Phil Woods
Bobby Watson
Dick Oatts
 

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Lee Konitz
Loren Stillman
 
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