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Who has the best tone?

  • John Coltrane

    Votes: 8 6.4%
  • Sonny Rollins

    Votes: 10 8.0%
  • Stan Getz

    Votes: 28 22.4%
  • Dexter Gordon

    Votes: 30 24.0%
  • Lester Young

    Votes: 5 4.0%
  • Stanley Turrentine

    Votes: 16 12.8%
  • Michael Brecker

    Votes: 12 9.6%
  • Coleman Hawkins

    Votes: 2 1.6%
  • Joe Henderson

    Votes: 11 8.8%
  • Gato Barbieri

    Votes: 3 2.4%
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I found a list of the 10 most famous tenor players, and used it in the poll. If I chose myself, it would have been biased by my tastes.

Me? I like Getz best some days and Turrentine others, depending on my mood.

But what I think is that there is no one best tone. So whenever people talk about best tone, it simply means their favorite. And there is nothing wrong with that.

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I voted for Coltrane, not because I always find his tone appealing, but I do always find it affecting and moving, which is what it’s all about I guess

I also love Ernie Watts; Charles Lloyd; Joshua Redman; and most of all...Pharaoh Sanders for the same reason.
 

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Yes. Cuber is a great player, but I don't go for his tone much. I had Hamiet Bluiett in, then took him out for some reason. I forgot Mulligan, also the great Leo Parker. And then there's Lars Gullin…. And Clarence Ford…
The list goes on and on...but I really like Cuber. He sounds like a tenor player with too much testosterone. I like him in an R&B context. All the time, in other words.

Leo Parker too, and lately Paul Nedzela.
 

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As an alto player I'm offended the superior horn is left out, which leads to Stitt being left out since across horns he was the master to me. Plas Johnson as well...

I digress.

For tenor it's a close call for me between Joe Hen and Newk.
 

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I got a few who I like.

Trane
Dex
Booker Ervin
Yusef Lateef
Newk
Eddie Lockjaw Davis
Gene Ammons
Teddy Edwards
Clifford Jordan
James Carter
 

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Quite a few great additions to the list. Too bad I couldn't have put 50 in the poll and asked y'all first. You mentioned some I haven't listened to in years, so I'm going to have to go through the old LP collection and dig out a few relics I never digitized.
 

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Quite a few great additions to the list. Too bad I couldn't have put 50 in the poll and asked y'all first.
This should add to the fun. https://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_jazz/best_sax.html
The Rock players only https://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_rock-saxophonists.html

You mentioned some I haven't listened to in years, so I'm going to have to go through the old LP collection and dig out a few relics I never digitized.
Don't get lost looking over this list. I'm sure to say you'll find one or two oldies.
https://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/music0.html
 

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Hm. This post actually woke me up from a multi-year nap. Not going to vote on the poll, but I have a reply to the question.

- Who has the best tone?

- For what?

Context is everything.
 

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Hm. This post actually woke me up from a multi-year nap. Not going to vote on the poll, but I have a reply to the question.

- Who has the best tone?

- For what?

Context is everything.
That's the beauty of this thread. Pick a tenor player that YOU like the tone:)
 

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Not on the list, but one of my favorites worth hearing for his exceptionally nice tenor tone (not to mention his excellent blues playing) is Frank Haynes. Died young.
These are from "Green Blues" (Grant Green), also issued as "Reaching Out" (Dave Bailey).
 

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So it has been one week that this question is there, and every time I read it, this comes to my mind:

''Giotto, Van Eyck, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rafaello, El Greco, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Rubens, Turner, Van Dyck, Caravage, Watteau, Fragonard, Ingres, Blake, Turner, David, Delacroix, Goya, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Degas, Pissarro, Manet, Cazin, Carpentier, Van de Velde, Gauguin, Kandinsky, Matisse, Klee, Picasso, Corot, Legros, Levitan, Courbet, Henri, Bellows, De Groux, Klimt, Kupka, Whistler, Mondrian, Miro, Braque, Leger, Chagall, Vlaminck, ...

Which one used the best colors ?''

And every time, the answer (to both questions) that comes to my mind is : 42.
 
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