Listening is the most important part of music, it ties everything together. You can also feel the lower vibrations in your body, but I’ll include that as ‘listening’.
We ‘listen’ while we play, to ourselves and the rest of the band. And we listen for every piece of music.
But we can also talk about listening as you’re not holding your saxophone.
Picking some favorite saxophone players and learning from them is an important part of developing your own style. If you wanted to be a writer, you would read a lot. Combining what you hear and what you experience in the world are two things that will affect your sound.
Some of my favorites are Stanley Turrentine, Joe Henderson, Cannonball Adderley, Stan Getz, Maceo Parker, Sonny Stitt.I like Big Jay McNeely (who Tim is a fan of) too actually, heard about him not too long ago.
Guys that I listen to, sometimes when I’m in a certain mood, include Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Grover Washington Jr, and Gato Barbieri.One comment about Stitt is interesting, he recorded many many albums, I hadn’t heard that one. But a lot of them he plays melody first.
I’ve seen Plas Johnson and Ernie Watts live and like them both a lot. Have a CD from Plas Johnson that he gave me when I was 12 years old. And actually, I saw Brecker live one time and enjoy some of his music, it’s not all very ‘easy listening’ though (eg Skunk Funk)!
One song that has been in my head lately is ‘Red Clay’ by Freddie Hubbard. And started listening to ‘Sunny’ by Bobby Hebb too since the changes for solos come from that tune. Got the melody on tenor. Want to learn to bass line too! Probably will soon.
Thought of posting some of my favorites here as well as some favorites of members of Saxophone Tribe.
The other page with some shared music from Saxophone Tribe Members. Will be reorganizing this soon.