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Who are the top jazz alto players today (or up and coming players) who I should be listening to and going to see play live?
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Sorry, I don't know who the current Tower Of Power alto players are. Perhaps you could check their last cd or website:bluewink::scratch::dontknow:?
 

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Dick Oatts and Kenny Garrett come first to my mind as established top altoists. (By the way, I don't put Phil Woods into this category -- for me he's beyond this range, not Top Altoist but more like Alto Deity...)

Other guys I'm loving: Will Vinson!! Check out this (devastating!) YouTube to see what he's about and if he's for you (just listen to the audio -- watching the video can induce a seizure):


Somebody way off the radar screen who I love is Rémi Bolduc in Montreal; check out this video with Jerry Bergonzi(!!):


Jaleel Shaw is an occasional SOTWer; here he is on All The Things You Are:


Joris Roelofs in the Netherlands is terrifying:


There are so many that I'm forgetting it's a crime!
 

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Miguel Zenon- fantastic player, check him out!
Antonio Hart- had the chance to see him live last year and really loved his sound and ideas.
Rudresh Mahanthappa- one of the most original voices I've heard on alto, his album "Apex" was really interesting.
 

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Justin Robinson is pretty cool, though he hasn't done a lot of solo/leader stuff (and I haven't heard any of it). He plays in Roy Hargrove's quintet. I do find he over plays a bit on the studio stuff I've heard (though that might just be for my taste). There's a live version of Strasbourg/St. Denis on youtube where he absolutely kills it though. (actually, here it is. I just had to have another listen to it.
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Jacam Manricks is quite good as well (his album Trigonometry is very cool). I recommend catching him live if you can, especially as I'm not too sure how available his recordings are (there are some samples on his site).
 

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Toronto's Richard Underhill is always worth a listen.
 

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Donald Harrison and Bobby Watson belong on any list of great alto players!
 

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Bobby Watson!!!
 

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I was browsing for jazz schools in sweden and foundd the alto teacher in the top school in sweden his band is awesome but a handfull to listen to check out Fredrik Kronkvist quartet.
 

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Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, Charles McPherson, Ornette Coleman, Bunky Green, Gary Bartz, Gary Foster, Tineke Postma
 
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