the best sax player

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Paolo, Apr 10, 2002.

  1. In your opinion who's the best sax player ?
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Bird is my personal favorite. I also love to hear Wayne Shorter play.
  3. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Working today? I go with Branford Marsalis and Kenny Garrett.
  4. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    I agree there is no best. I enjoy listening to Jeff Coffin.
  5. craigers2


    Sep 26, 2001
    john coltrane (if i had to pick just one)
  6. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I agree with Ed...

    That said, here's a selected few that I always enjoy checking out...

    ...he could play 'in' as far as he could play 'out'.

    Sam Rivers.
    ...another guy that lives quite comfortably in both worlds('in' & 'out').

    Wayne Shorter...great composer.
    Eric Dolphy
    Ornette Coleman
    Jackie McLean
    Archie Shepp
    Pharoah Sanders
    Julius Hemphill
    Henry Threadgill
    Anthony Braxton
    Fred Anderson
    Charles Gayle

    ...I also like what Chris Potter is doing with the Dave Holland 5-tet.
  7. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham

    Feb 13, 2000
    To add to the list:

    I really like what Lenny Pickett does with the SNL band (not the mention TOP). I also like Maceo Parker.
  8. My favorites have got to be:

    Wayne Shorter
    John Coltrane
    Michael Brecker
    Brandon Fields
    Eric Marienthal
    Bill Evans
  9. Oh man, there's too many.

    Overall, I always liked Tom Scott.

    For nebulous, put you to sleep type creamy smooth reed; John Klemmer.

    I try never to criticize anyone, but, to me most of David Sanborn's solos sound the same. He did put out an album in the 80s called "Taking Off." He is pretty good on that one.

    I almost bought a B flat Selmer Mark 6 once. :(
    What stopped me? A member of the fairer sex.

    Sex for sax. Some deal. :p

    Mike J.
  10. LarryJ

    LarryJ banned

    Dec 12, 1999
    Encino, CA (LA)
    Coltrane=unequaled genius
    Other greats:
    Sonny Rollins
    Joe Henderson
    Michael Brecker
    David Sanchez
    George Coleman
    Pharoah Sanders
    Roland Kirk
    Houston Person
    Eric Alexander
    Art Pepper
    Joe Lovano
    Joshua Redman
    & Many more

    BTW- for great sounds, a great challenge, & great fun- Try a Sax & bass duo; Very fulfilling, space has to be just right:
    Check out duo albums by Ron Carter & Houston Person- Impeccable
  11. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    wayne shorter for his writing.
  12. In my opinion the best Italian player of sax is Divo Luciano, great soloist and one of the best composers at the moment. His music is called "confidential rock" and it's near the concept "sex for sax"
  13. Funkster


    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    Blue Lou Marini and Doc and Emileo from TOP
    There's a few others I can't think of there names!
  14. As for new guys, who do you like? There's a guy named Bryan Savage - very good. He's kind of like a cross between Tom Scott and Boney James, but, the stuff he writes is heavily dipped in funk. There's also a band that I'm sure some of you have heard of; 3rd Force. Oh so good. I was never that into the older, founding guys. I think I'm gonna check some of them out.

    What a thread! Sax is my second favorite instrument. Maybe it's not too late. ;)

    Mike (Bird) Jewels :D
    Just kidding
  15. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    right now, the sax player i dig the most is jeff coffin. the tone, man...
  16. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999

    ...on a tangent-
    Check out some sax/drum duet type-o-albums.
    Some pretty fierce, energy playing is usually the norm for these recordings.

    Interstellar Space-Coltrane & Rashied Ali
    ...awesome piece of work, IMO.

    Rings Of Saturn-Louie Belogenis & Rashied Ali
    Birth & Rebirth-Anthony Braxton & Max Roach

    ...which reminds me of David Murray; I think Murray & Ali do the sax/drum thang on a tune from Murray's Body & Soul album.

    Back to 'Trane- could anyone not laugh out loud when they hear his solo on "Transition"? Un-freakin'-real! ;)
  17. LarryJ

    LarryJ banned

    Dec 12, 1999
    Encino, CA (LA)
    There's several tracks whose names escape me
    where Coltrane & Elvin Jones are playing as a duo-
    Words can't do justice to the intensity there-

    Then you get Mcoy Tyner with chordings/voicings that are larger than life, & Jimmy Garrison or Reggie
    Workman, etc coming in completing the quartet.

    Now I ask you--can it ever get any better than that?

    (BTW-Ron Carter/Houston Person-highly recommended!!:D )

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    The recording by Ornette Coleman,and Charlie Haden called Soap Suds,is worth checking out.
  19. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Right! Especially in a live setting(from what I've read).
    'Trane & Elvin would go off into 'space'; eventually, Tyner & Garrison would get tired & lay out... ;)
  20. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    As others have mentioned there are just too many to pick one and on classic Jazz albums I would go with any of those mentioned so far and probably about 50 others if I really thought about it.

    Jan Garbarek is a neglected European master who has done some amazing stuff - I go along to my local Jazz club at least once a week and see loads of amazing Sax players - personal favourites from those I have seen from a few feet away ;) :

    Nigel Hitchcock, Ed Jones, Stan Sulzmann, Bobby Wellins, Andy Sheppard, Juian Nicolas, Ian Bellamy etc. etc .