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I would welcome recommendations on music projects to listen to with two saxes, bass and drums, and no harmonic comping instrument (e.g., piano, guitar, vibes, etc.).
Instead of two saxes, it could be one sax and trumpet, or maybe some other combination of two melodic instruments. The important thing is that there are two melodic voices and no harmonic comping instrument.
Thank you in advance.
 

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What have you checked out so far? There is a TON out there!
Billy Drummond's Dubai

Magic Triangle, and Leap of Faith, both with Dave Douglas and Chris Potter.

Interestingly, they are precisely the ones that Tryptykon is recommending below. Seems like we have similar (good :) taste.
 

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Check out Moon Hooch! They have a fantastic and original approach to Sax & Drums...Sometimes they play with Too Many Zooz who are sax and drums but with a trumpet too.
Thank you. I just did. New to me and pretty innovative. I love it. Not exactly what I was expecting, but I love to be surprised by creativity.

 

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Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan:

Two of a Mind


and

Gerry Mulligan Paul Desmond: Quartet


these are where my mind goes when "pianoless" and "two saxes" get mentioned.
Great suggestion! Thanks.
 

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The reason for my interest and request is that I am looking to analyse the different ways that the voices can interact in this format and maybe get some inspiration to write a few compositions for such a format.
 

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Here are a few of my favorites:

Ornette Coleman "New York Is Now" with Ornette and Dewey Redman
Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Chet Baker "Best Of"
Lan Xang "Hidden Garden" with Dave Binney and Donny McCaslin
Chris Lightcap "Lay Up" with Tony Malaby and Bill McHenry

I'd argue that by checking out the quartet writing of Ornette and Gerry Mulligan you would find that these two guys had as big an influence as anybody on many the "two horn - no chordal instrument" groups that have come since.
Thank you, I will check these out.
 

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Thank you for all the suggestions so far. I am learning a lot from this. And please keep them coming. I am on vacation, so I have lots of free time this month to devote to this.
 

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"Jonathan Blake Gone but not Forgotten" Jonathan Blake, Ben Street, Mark Turner and Chris Potter. Great album:


If your'e ok with sax and trumpet I can also recommend Mark Turners Lathe of Heaven. Mark Turner, Avishai Cohen, Joe Martin and Marcus Gilmore. One of my favorite albums of the recent years. More "artsy" so don't know if that's what you're looking for but it's a really cool album.
"Artsy" is no problem :)
Actually, I very much enjoy the mystery that comes out of this music.
 

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Miguel Zenon-alto
David Sanchez-tenor
Scott Colley-bass
Antonio Sanchez-drums

Incredible live album!
I am listening to it right now. Oh yeah! Great. Thanks
 

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In that case I highly recommend you to check out Lathe Of Heaven if you haven't. Mark actually talks about mystery when he talks about that album:

This is great! The writing is really intriguing, in an interesting, alluring kind of way.
 

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Thank you to all who have contributed so far to this thread. I am learning a lot from you guys.
 
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