Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Great Performances By The Saxophone Greats

In this installment, I thought I'd just sit back and post some videos of some of the greatest players in jazz for your enjoyment, as well as education.  Just click on the links below the photos and enjoy some of the greatest players ever to pick up the saxophone.

Benny Carter at Montreaux 1977 with On Green Dolphin Street

Coleman Hawkins

Cannonball Adderley playing Work Song

John Coltrane playing My Favorite Things

Johnny Hodges playing Isfahan

Sonny Rollins and his composition St. Thomas

Charlie Parker with Dizzy Gillespie on Hot House

Lester "Pres" Young

Paul Desmond plays his most famous composition Take Five with the Dave Brubeck Quartet

 Gerry Mulligan with the Dave Brubeck Quartet

Jimmy Dorsey has been often overlooked, but was an influential alto sax player.  This is from the Honeymooner's Christmas Special in 1954, with Tommy Dorsey after they reunited.  They perform "Marie", which was a hit for Tommy Dorsey, but here, Jimmy's solo is the highlight.

Ben Webster was known for his lush tone, heard to advantage on many ballads.  Here, he swings on Cottontail.

Harry Carney uses circular breathing to tasty effect on this version of Sophisticated Lady.

Sonny Stitt with J.J. Johnson in a tribute to Charlie Parker

Art Pepper

James Carter, who is a friend of mine and the only modern player featured.  He embraces the tradition while exploring new territory.  In this video, he plays a modified Conn Chu Berry tenor.

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