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Too tough for me. Probably should break it down to Soprano, Alto and Tenor.
John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, so many greats, but those would be my top three.
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Impossible to argue with that, but there are many great saxophonists: I might add Dexter Gordon, Stanley Turrentine, Chu Berry, Gato Barbieri, Ornette Coleman, Coleman Hawkins, and I also always liked Cleanhead Vinson. Beyond the first rank genius giants, there are a host of delightful and engaging players who enlivened jazz and pop/rock music.
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I'll place a vote for Boots Randolf.
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"Bleeding Gums" Murphy.
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John Coltrane, and Charlie Parker (BIRD) were zbest. When I was a teenager "Bird Lives" was spray painted all over Philly.
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Yeah, seriously, nobody can top Charlie Parker. Birdland is one of the greatest records ever. Crazy influential.
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Oh yea
Birdland is a famous jazz club in New York city, which was named after BIRD himself (Charlie Parker)
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Well, since most on this board probably never had a chance to see Bird, Lester Young, or even Cotrane live, how about living sax player: Wayne Shorter would be at the top for me.
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"Birdland is one of the greatest records ever. Crazy influential."

Birdland? You know that was a piece by Joe Zawinul, not Charlie Parker?

As for the club, Parker was actually banned from the club that bore his nickname.
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I believe Paul Desmond is dead too, so I just don't know who's left.
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On 2011-06-06 11:13, BillMcCloskey wrote:
"Birdland is one of the greatest records ever. Crazy influential."

Birdland? You know that was a piece by Joe Zawinul, not Charlie Parker?


Oh yeah, I meant to type "Yardbird Suite." Been working round the clock on this ****ing statistics final so I'm not all there right now.
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Time to get into some living jazz Al. Smile

Until recently moving outside the city, I tried to see live jazz at least once a week. Of course living in the East Village made that pretty easy.
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Kenny G. No one even comes close. He's the best who ever lived--probably the best who ever will live.

Pat Metheny thinks so, too, so I'm not alone.

Go KENNY G! Love ya, man!
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Everybody knows that jazz died in 1950, to be replaced by rockabilly.

Just kidding. But if you want to break out of the jazz box for sax music you could always check out Bruce Lamont of Yakuza.
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Kenny G. No one even comes close. He's the best who ever lived--probably the best who ever will live.

Pat Metheny thinks so, too, so I'm not alone.

Go KENNY G! Love ya, man!


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Living? Sonny Rollins is up there.
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Of course, there's always the "Mississippi Saxophone." In which case, I'd say Junior Wells. My all-time favorite bluesman.
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Pat Metheny thinks so, too, so I'm not alone."

Richard Thompson agrees too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucgZQGPZOpk
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Living? Sonny Rollins is up there.


Oh, I loved his work in "Black Flag."
Wait...
;)
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WOW living in the East Village is one of my dreams. Are there ever any Dylan sightings there? Philadelphia is full of singer song writers from all over the country looking for a big break, so there is a plethora of folk clubs around here becaus we have a nationally known college radio station that has launched a lot of singing careers. My wife and I go to at least one rock, or folk concerts a month.

Jeff
Kenny G may not be one of the best, but my wife tells me that he the cutest sax player, and she wants to do her hair just like Kenny's.
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