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Here's my opinion. For me focused, centered , and open apply to any good quality tone. This means that the embouchure is functioning efficiently and the throat isn't constricted and the air flow isn't closed off. So tones as varied as Coletrane or Sonny Rollins are good quality tones that are both focused, centered, and open. I hear the biggest difference in bright to dark and the amount of growl or humm put into some contemp sounds. Bright might be Lenny Picket, Bryan Steel, Tom Hamilton, Alot of the background saxes you hear on rock sounds or soundtracks. But although bright, they still are open, centered and focused. The darker tones I usually hear in more of a jazz setting and there are so many that can be listed. Once again there is a big spread of quality of tones and I'd put Trane in the middle of what's out there today. Just my 2 cents. K
 
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