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My top 5 (or more) sax lovers albums

Here are my top 5 sax lovers albums. I am not going to include Coltrane because frankly I love all his work...and I won't include any "smooth jazz". I am also only including CD's that are up to par on both performance and sonics.

1. The complete Roost Sonny Stitt Recordings- 9CD's Mosaic Records. I believe that Sonny Stitt was a better sax player than a lot of people out there. While not into exploration as Coltrane was Mr Stitt plays with a fire that is hard swing. His blues are excellent and his boxed CD set is a great way to get into one of the best sax players ever.

2. Gene Ammons- Boss Tenor (XRCD), Blue Gene (OJC), We'll be together again Ammons & Stitt, All-Star Sessions, : Another underrated sax player who recorded jamming sessions and all star sessions. What a great collection of music that is NOT to be missed by anyone...

3. Ben Webster Encounter Coleman Hawlins, SoulVille, Ben Webster and Associates: Ben Webster is overlooked from an "artistic" stanpoint but his music is classic jazz that has a big band swing style.

4. The Genius of Coleman Hawkins, Hawkins On Broadway (XRCD), The Hawk Flies High, Very Saxy

5. Take Five Dave Brubeck: Yeah I know Brubeck was a piano player but Desmond steals the show on this CD that is a must for ANY jazz fan.

6. Johhny Griffin: Little Giant (XRCD), A Blwing Session, Pieces

There are a hell of a lot more and invite others to add to this list. I didn't include any "free form" sax players as well. Sonny Rollins is another one of my favorites but frankly I like Webster, Stitt and Ammons ahead of him.

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Re: My top 5 (or more) sax lovers albums

Is this you, Michael B. Richman? I was over at Amazon and tripped over one of your reviews.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-revi...ostRecentReview

Thanks!

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Re: My top 5 (or more) sax lovers albums

Sorry that's not me....

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Re: My top 5 (or more) sax lovers albums

You've listed some nice stuff, Rich, but where do guys like Gerry Mulligan, Johnny Hodges, Norris Turney, and Harold Ashby fall in your list of favorites?

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Re: My top 5 (or more) sax lovers albums

Clay:

Hodges is one of my favorite blowers and I will be listening some of his work later on. Mulligan also has some great work as well but I am partial to the other artists I listed. As for Norris Turney, and Harold Ashby I enjoy their work very much but recordings are hard to come by lately.

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Quote -"As for Norris Turney, and Harold Ashby I enjoy their work very much but recordings are hard to come by lately."

Fortunately, you're mistaken. Mapleshade's current list includes a fine Norris Turney quartet recording entitled "Big, Sweet and Blue" and a Harold Ashby Quartet entitled "Just for You". Both are well worth your listening.

If you're not familiar with Pierre Sprey and the Mapleshade Studio, finding them and their catalog will be a treat for you. Lots of high quality recordings mastered live to two track 15ips tape, minimum miking. Great CD's for about ten bucks. Try 1-888-236-2753, I think you'll like it.

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