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And Benny plays a Reference 36

Trad jazz is pretty much withering on the vine--even moreso than it was 5 or 10 years ago, or any other earlier time when it was proclaimed dead. Jazz CD sales are down 80 percent since 2001...and since those who remain are doing their own non-trad things (e.g. Potter's Underground, etc.) it's hard to define anyone as "mainstream" (unless you're talking smooth jazz of course. :D).

But on the sax I'd say it's still the same top guys that it's been for a while:


So if pressed to name the best, my money's on Golson....
 

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Here is a very cool young player, Chet Doxas. This is a track from his new album, "You Can't Take it with you" that was released today (I just got my copy and am enjoying).


As for this thread, I have no idea what "mainstream" is in relation to jazz. Some seem to have interpreted that to mean music that was new 60+ years ago, that doesn't work for me. When we are discussing what is essentially a bit of a fringe genre, is there really a "mainstream"?
 
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