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I've seen it generally agreed that this is the Texas Wobble, saxophone wobble, for at least some kind of "wobble"

Masco mentions the Texas Trill also, so we agree at least on the possible state of origin.

Technically (ie with Mr. pedantic's hat on) it wouldn't be a trill because a trill would be between two adjacent n notes (tone or semitone) and that a minor third interval would be a tremolando)

Examples of wobble:

https://tamingthesaxophone.com/saxophone-wobble

Not to be confused with what is often called the Adderley trill:

https://tamingthesaxophone.com/saxophone-adderley
 

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I think we had a thread about this before (no time to search for it now).

It's old, probably Herschel Evans was one of the first to use it.
 

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Yeah, this effect has been around for a long time; probably impossible to document who first used it.

It's a great effect. Doesn't really matter what it's called, but it might be best to call it something other than a trill; as Pete pointed out it's not technically a trill and it could be confused with the 'Adderly trill' which is a different effect. I like your other term in the title, a 'shake'. Or 'wobble' is also a good term for it. There's another type of wobble than can be achieved with alternate fingerings, by alternating between the standard fingering & alternate fingering.

Good stuff Demarious (apologies if I spelled your name wrong); keep posting these blogs!
 
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