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Postby omegabri » 16 Dec 2017 16:35

Hi all

Just putting together a list for next years album search, and collection additions.
I'd like to add some nice powerful, dominating, soft sexy, or screaming saxophone albums.
I love slow blues and jazz, adore sax, love the screaming sax in the Pink Floyd albums etc., but not sure what artists and/or record titles to look for?

I'd love to hear your thoughts on who and what are your great sax albums and artists, for me to look up and search for :wink:

Cheers everyone :) Hope you guys are all great! :wink:

Bri :)
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Re: Sax album recommendations

Postby plyscds » 16 Dec 2017 17:42

Ah, the saxophone. I had one years ago, though it wasn't my primary instrument. That was a clarinet which together with yours truly served the US Army for a time in a small public relations vein. I remember one of my bandmates, who envisioned himself a musical sophisticate, called the saxophone "an ill wind that no one blows good". I did not share his stand on the saxaphone, but he was entitled to his opinion.

So, my exposure to great saxophone music is limited. One performer I remember from the early-ish 1960s was Boots Randolph who put a lively little tune called "Yakety Sax" on the pop charts for a time. The mid-1960s saw The Buddy Rich Big Band emerge. This ensemble tried to preserve the depression era big band sound infused with mid-1960s musical offerings as arrangement inspirations. I have several of their albums. And then there was the later-1900s Kenny G. for whom you are free to form your own opinion about. Personally I did not dislike his musical offerings, but I wasn't moved to purchase any either.

Not much to go on, really. But maybe having a response to your thread-starter will inspire people who really know something about saxophone artists will add something to this beginning. Happy hunting!
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Re: Sax album recommendations

Postby Tinkaroo » 16 Dec 2017 17:55

Perhaps something by Junior Walker or The Coasters.
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Re: Sax album recommendations

Postby Coffee Phil » 16 Dec 2017 19:43

Hi Onegabri,

First I would suggest that you start with the "Three Tenors" of the swing era: Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, and Lester Young. After that move more modern to John Coltrane. An accessible album to start with him would The Stardust Sessions, then move on to Blue train and Giant Steps. After you love those you are ready for his Magnum Opus: "A Love Supreme".

On the Alto side, get everything you can find by Charlie Parker.

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omegabri wrote:Hi all

Just putting together a list for next years album search, and collection additions.
I'd like to add some nice powerful, dominating, soft sexy, or screaming saxophone albums.
I love slow blues and jazz, adore sax, love the screaming sax in the Pink Floyd albums etc., but not sure what artists and/or record titles to look for?

I'd love to hear your thoughts on who and what are your great sax albums and artists, for me to look up and search for :wink:

Cheers everyone :) Hope you guys are all great! :wink:

Bri :)
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Re: Sax album recommendations

Postby TudorTurtle » 16 Dec 2017 20:23

A couple classics from Wayne Shorter; Speak No Evil and Weather Report's Heavy Weather.
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Re: Sax album recommendations

Postby omegabri » 17 Dec 2017 00:44

Thanks guys! Something for me to listen to and sort my preferences from :)

Bri :D
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Re: Sax album recommendations

Postby Budddhacide » 17 Dec 2017 06:36

If you like "screaming" sax, check out Marshall Allen (of the Sun Ra Arkestra)
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Re: Sax album recommendations

Postby Tonybro » 17 Dec 2017 09:26

I'd put anything by 'King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys' in there - they use a couple of Sax's in their repertoire.

Boys from the Black Country in the UK and do a unique type of Swing and Rock 'n' Roll and Blues and Jazz.

One of my favourites.

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Re: Sax album recommendations

Postby ralphrexfan » 17 Dec 2017 15:39

"Screaming saxophone albums" you say?

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Re: Sax album recommendations

Postby omegabri » 17 Dec 2017 16:24

Sonny Clarke sounds cool!...

Keep 'em coming guys :wink:
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Re: Sax album recommendations

Postby majerjack » 17 Dec 2017 16:31

I echo Coffee Phil's suggestions, but if screaming saxophone is what you truly want, check out some recordings from the late 1960s and early 1970s by Pharoah Sanders. Don't say I didn't warn you.
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Re: Sax album recommendations

Postby rewfew » 17 Dec 2017 19:14

From one of my favorite soul jazz albums. Willis Jackson's Bar Wars. Willis was a wailing sax player. He's coupled with two of the finest backing musicians, Charles Earland B3 organ, and Pat Martino guitar on this album. It's a scorcher.

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Re: Sax album recommendations

Postby vinyl master » 18 Dec 2017 01:47

Good recommendations so far...Has anyone put Stanley Turrentine's "Sugar" on the list? :-k

One of my favorite screaming sax n' soul records (and thanks, Tink, for mentioning him) is from Mr. Junior Walker and His All-Stars! His "It's A Gasss" record really is a gas and just scorches!

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Re: Sax album recommendations

Postby vinyl master » 18 Dec 2017 01:50

Oh, yessss!!



One of my happy thrift store finds!! 8)
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Re: Sax album recommendations

Postby vinyl master » 18 Dec 2017 01:55

I would also recommend this one from one of the greatest session saxmen ever! A very upbeat version of the classic film theme...And I do love my funky jazz!

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