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Yeah Ben Webster's great - he and Paul Gonsalves are my two all time tenor favourites. Today I think Scott Hamilton comes closest, he's a great player.

I also aspire to a deep, breathy, tone but I know my tone sounds strained where Webster's is effortless. Perhaps with another 20 years of practice... :|

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgMg-HXyQzE
 

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David Murray is very influenced by Ben's tone, but of course David is brighter and more agro than Ben ever was.
 

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You hear a lot of Ben in Scott Hamilton's early recordings,particularly in the ballads. Scott has since found more of his own voice, but there's still a lot of Ben in there.
 

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When he wants to, Joshua Redman can sound very much like Gene Ammons. Listen to Jig-a-Jug from Village Vanguard album.
 

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Ben Webster was one of my first jazz influences along with Lester Young. Everytime I play a slow blues or ballad I do my version of Ben Webster. One of my favorites is the slow version of "Time After Time" he played on the album he did with Coleman Hawkins.
 

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Ari Ambrose plays with that kind of tone, but more modern(he is not imitating Ben Webster, he has his own thing going on).

I have one of his albums on Steeplechase, I am sure he has more.
 

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Mactenor said:
I respectfully disagree.
I respectfully agree with your disagreement.
 

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They both played great! Why make such foolish comparisons? It's not a contest, or a football game. I wish I could play half as good as either of them.
 

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JL said:
They both played great! Why make such foolish comparisons? It's not a contest, or a football game. I wish I could play half as good as either of them.
I respectfully agree (;) ). Sax battles do happen (and they're sometimes fun!) but this wasn't one of them, IMHO.
 

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JL said:
I wish I could play half as good as either of them.
I very respectfully agree wholeheartedly.
 

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Rick Adams said:
Yeah Ben Webster's great - he and Paul Gonsalves are my two all time tenor favourites. Today I think Scott Hamilton comes closest, he's a great player.

I also aspire to a deep, breathy, tone but I know my tone sounds strained where Webster's is effortless. Perhaps with another 20 years of practice... :|

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgMg-HXyQzE
Don't forget Harry Allen, he plays even softer sometimes.
 

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saintsday said:
I very respectfully agree wholeheartedly.
I also respectfully disgree, in agreement with those above who disagreed, and agree wholeheartedly with your wholehearted agreement...and I raise you one. :D
 
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