I think it's probably because they are among the small number of saxophonists who play (or at one time played) soprano as their primary instrument. In Coltrane's case, he re-popularized the instrument after a long period of relative obscurity, and in doing so, re-invented the instrument as it was played in jazz. To a lot of players, Coltrane WAS the soprano saxophone as it was mean to sound....IMHO, a great example of a big, full soprano sound is Joe Lovano on the live Quartets album on Blue Note. Just a random example off the top of my head.......just reiterating...I'm in NO WAY saying anything bad about the musicians mentioned....I'm just curious as to why they are the names always associated with "the sound" on soprano....as dexter and getz are to tenor
That's right. I find that especially true for soprano. We all know (I think) that most of the sound production qualities come from the player, for some reason on soprano the player's input to the sound quality equation seems to be higher on soprano than it is on the larger instruments.I think Jan sounds like Jan no matter what gear he plays!
It ain't the mouthpiece!!!