I'm new here and I'm wondering what are some very popular and good players or songs (jazz/sax). I want to improve my own skills by listening to some saxophone legends and also just for enjoyment. Thanks in advance.
Charles Parker, Jackie McLean, Eric Dolphy,
Charlie Mariano, Sonny Stitt, John Coltrane, Archie Shepp, Dexter Gordon,
Sonny Rollins, Lester Young, Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Lee
Konitz, Warne Marsh, Sidney Bechet, jimmy Giuffre, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe
Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Henry Threadgill, David Murray, Ornetter Coleman,
Dewey Redman, Jimmy Lyons, Sonny Simmons, Kalaparush Maurice MacIntyre,
Charles Gayle, Albert Ayler, Steve Lacy, Charles Brackeen, John Tchicai,
Marion Brown, Elton Dean, Evan Parker, Peter Brotzmann, Paul Dunmall, David
S Ware, Frank Wright, Alan Wilkinson, Jim Denley, Stuart Porter, Neill
Duncan, Carlos Ward, Mats Gustaffson, Von Freeman, Steve Coleman, Greg Osby,
Maceo Parker, David Liebman,, Assif Tsahar, Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen,
Trevor Watts, Sean Bergin, Tobias Delius, Rob Brown, Kris Wanders, Gary
Bartz, Joe Henderson, Sonny Fortune, Dudu Pukwana, Mike Osborne, Oliver
Lake, Hamiett Bluiett, Werner Ludi, john Lurie, John Butcher, Arthur Blythe,
Bernie McGann, Carlos Actis Dato, John Zorn, Willem Breuker, Paul Flaherty,
If you're new to jazz and don't know where to start, I suggest you go to www.themusicresource.com and click on the "100 Historically Significant Jazz Recordings" under "Specials". These are all good choices, but for sax players: Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Wayne Shorter, etc. I really haven't narrowed it down much have I?
Okay, three albums that I love and think are good first jazz albums are:
Miles Davis: Kind of Blue (w/ Cannonball Adderley & John Coltrane)
Dave Brubek: Time Out (w/ Paul Desmond)
Herbie Hancock: Headhunters (w/ Bennie Maupin)
You could also go the "crossover" route for artists whose CD's are more readily available, such as Kenny G, Dave Koz, David Sanborn, etc.
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