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I didn't hear growling or any other effect, and once I realized it was a piece of legit music, I didn't expect any.
 

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I hear some growling, yes, at around 1:34.
 

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There is a distorted, overblown sound at 1:30, but it's pretty subtle compared to, for instance, Dave Liebman's forceful playing.
 

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I have the sheet music for the piano reduction, and there's no extra notation there. I'm assuming it is Harle's interpretive choice.
 

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I listened wearing headphones and there was growling. But when I took off the headphones I realized it was the doberman down the street.
 

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I wouldn't consider that growling either, just over blows a little breaking up the tone. If that is growling, then growling is all Pharoah and Trane did in the 60's...I like to think of it as spirited playing :)
 

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Yes he is, that version of growling is produced by humming or singing while playing and he does it from 1:34-1:39 in that clip and in a few other spots where that motive comes back. Some people have different names for different effects, that is a vocalized growl. You can also flutter your tongue in the back of your throat against your uvula (like gargling mouthwash) which some call flutter-tongue, and you can flutter your tongue against the reed (like rolling your rrr's for Spanish for example) which is a much more violent sounding flutter-tongue. Happy Practicing
 

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It's a pretty innocuous growl, but I'm pretty sure it's a growl, or humming while playing. It doesn't sound like fluttertongue to me.

If it's an interpretive choice, it's a poor one, IMHO.
 

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There are other recordings that you can find on Youtube that play it straight, but one of the things I love about classical sax is the lurking threat of power behind the restrained playing. Separates us from the oboes and clarinets, imho.
 
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