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Lists, Just for Kicks (IV)

Tenor players (II)

1. Wayne Shorter

He gets extra credit for his compositions. Melodic player, deliberate, tasteful.

2. Stan Getz

His tone is light and airy, but he swings like mad, especially on that album with Oscar Peterson.

3. Yusef Lateef

One of my all-time favorite musicians. Tenor sax is just one thing in his bag.

4. David Murray

World Saxophone Quartet, baby. He's got the skills and the tone, like cheese, says Pavel. And he meant it in a good way. Bass clarinet monster, too.

5. Sonny Stitt

He took brought the bebop sound to the tenor, and swings like mad.

6. James Carter

I saw him play when he was a teen, with the Detroit Saxophone Orchestra at the Detroit Institute of the Arts. He was a monster even then. Later, I saw him play in Spain in 1994. I never made the connection or really focused on his name. Later, when I bought the "Real Quietstorm" album, I finally put the pieces together.

7. Sam Rivers

Played free with Dave Holland, back in the day. Of the Blue Note guys, one of the most abstract. He wrote "Beatrice," and always surprises you. Plays flute.

8. Paul Gonsalves

He sounds awful good with the Ellington band riffing behind him.

9. Archie Shepp

I like his tone, and I like the way he's so free with time.

10. Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Another guy with a very full bag of tricks. I wouldn't have minded had he chosen to focus on tenor and flute and kept the stich and the manzello (or whatever those instruments were) for special occasions. You gotta admit, though, at first listen, RRK was a revelation. "The Inflated Tear" was the album.
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