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A lot of great advice above from Saxophone Strange. Listening is a huge thing. A lot of your post focused on solos, so I'd say listen widely across periods to great soloists, (some of my go-tos: Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Johnny Hodges, Eric Dolphy, Lee Konitz, and many more). Find players whose solos you love and dive deeply into their recordings. (Sometimes it's also helpful to hear soloists you don't love!) Also, check out how great players on other instruments improvise. For me, the Earl Hines recordings where he plays Ellington tunes was revelatory for hearing the melding of two distinct sensibilities.

I'll recommend one general technique book series: Dann Zinn's "Zinn and the Art of Saxophone" is great; it is both challenging and clearly laid out.
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