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Spread or centered tone?

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I know it´s very difficult to found a pure spread or a pure centered tone in sax tone of every player. But what do you prefer: a more spread or a more centered tone to play with your sax????
 

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I prefer the sound that expresses what I feel at the time I'm playing.
 

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I prefer a centered tone for years ever since i started playing saxophones, when i listen to others especially the greats they have a centered tone except for maybe Paul Gonzalves and Ben Webster.
 

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More centered for classical, somewhat more spread for jazz. Really, a strong core with color ("spread") around that core in varying degrees, depending upon the changing demands of the musical context. There is no one sound that fits everywhere.
 

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There is a lot of emotion and expressiveness that can be gained through the use of contrast between spread and centered tones, especially on tenor. You can really hear this in the later years of Coltrane's playing, which I think had a big impact on the modern conception of sax tone by many players.

Cotrane playing Naima is a prime example:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6WwuxqXPOg

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