Unsung Saxophone Masters – The Introduction

John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Zoot Sims, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, Stan Getz, Branford Marsalis, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Parker… those are just the first ten names off the top of my head, but the list of well-known jazz saxophonists could go on for quite a while.

Because to many out there, the saxophone is jazz – its sounds and those who made them are the fuel of many a glorious legend.  But for every Dexter Gordon or Johnny Hodges, there are dozens more whose names can fuel another romantic legend – that of the talented, but obscure saxophonist.  Someone who had the chops to stand with those in the upper echelon, but who for some reason, was missed by the spotlight. 

Our first series of 2012 will touch briefly on the music, careers and lives of some of those less-heard cats. Though you may have heard some of their names, we hope that we can whet your appetite enough to send you out in search of their art. We’ll try, wherever possible to list a few available CDs, LPs and mp3s by each artist, to start you in the right direction.

Again, our mission is not to stump the scholars but to open the eyes of the masses.

They will appear in alphabetical order, unless someone comes along after I’ve passed that letter, to totally mess up my plans.

We’ll start later this week with Curtis Amy. Who comes after that…well, you’ll just have to wait and see.

We’ve dropped in a few clips by some of the legends to whet your appetite until the series starts.

Until then, the jazz continues and the BAM flows on!

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3 Responses to “Unsung Saxophone Masters – The Introduction”

  1. investigate my son, Barry Bergstrom

  2. Don Wilkerson
    Herb Geller
    Ernie Henry
    Arnett Cobb
    Jimmy Forrest

    The list could go on for a long time, and this doesn’t even touch on UK players like Tubby Hayes or Bobby Wellins.

  3. I had not heard of Rouse until I read a biography of Monk, then I wondered why I had never heard of him. Looking forward to taking this saxophone adventure with you

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