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Jazz Material!!

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Hellooo SOTW!!

Have been playing sax for 11 years now and playing/listening to jazz for about 3-4 years and have learnt so much already...
Basically I just wanted to know what jazz musicians/saxophonists people listen to who they find inspiring...i listen to a wide range already, including grover washington jr., gerald Albright, Charlie Parker (of course!) etc... but i was just wondering whether there were any others that i maybe haven't come across yet...

Also if anyone could recommend any good 'jazz books' that i could read just to learn a bit more about the subject... and lastly any playing material i should try out, i mean i can play through the real books but anything else maybe that anyone has found interesting/challenging/enjoyable to play??

Thanks everyone, hope to hear from some people,

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If seeking inspiration for your playing you may want to seek great players who are playing in the present tense rather than players of 50 - 60 years ago or their imitators. Players from that time developed some outstanding technique, which is valuable to learn, but stylistically rather tired. I can assure you that those players from 50 to 60 years ago didn't look back to the styles of 1900 and think they should stay stuck there. Check out Jan Garbarek and see what's been happening with him.
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