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Because I know some readers (like me), don't always check out the older posts I'm re-introducing a few of the blogs I did on some of my favorites saxy men when I first started this blog. This time it's Eric Darius because I don't want anyone to miss him if they've never heard of him before.
Just click here to go to my first post on him. There will a little more info and another video clip.
The video below is a picture video but I'm posting it because it's one of my favorite's from his CD.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Rick Parma is someone I was just recently introduced to on MySpace. I'll mention again that one of the things I like about MySpace is the number of new artists I am introduced to via their pages as they promote themselves and their music. I don't have much information on Rick Parma other than that he is a native of Chicago and released his second CD in 2006. Make sure you check out the video below and the links above for samples of his saxy style. If you like mellow jazz I'm pretty sure you're going to be keeping your eyes on Rick Parma as I will.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Cal Bennett was one of the first saxophonists I did a post on. Because I like him I thought I'd re-introduce him. When I first did an intro I couldn't find any videos to share but I finally found one. It's not one of my favorite tunes but will give you some idea of his funky style and sax appeal. I highly suggest checking out the link to his site or MySpace page. I currently have him featured and playing as my background music.
I don't know if many people are aware of Cal Bennett but I'm hoping they get a clue because this man definitely has that sax appeal!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Sonny Fortune plays soprano, alto, tenor and barritone saxophones as well as the flute and clarinet. Before forming his own group in 1975 he performed with Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, Roy Ayers and Pharoah Sanders to name just a few.
Take a listen and make sure you check out the link to his website above for more information on this sax man.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
(April 5, 1934 – September 12, 2000)
Tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine is another name I've heard for a long time and I can't believe I almost forgot about him. He was nicknamed Mr. T and The Sugar Man. His first album entitled "Sugar" was released in 1970. There's not a whole lot of info that I was able to find on this man with sax appeal but his music speaks volumes. Since I didn't have much background information to provide please check out the links above for a couple of short biographies and just check out the two clips below which are, to me, great examples of The Sugar Man's sax appeal.
(August 27, 1909 – March 15, 1959)
Image from Mosaic Records
Lester Young Bio
Lester Young was a tenor saxophonist who also played the clarinet. He had a layed back, relaxed style which was in contrast to the aggressive style of Coleman Hawkins, another prominant sax player at the same time. He played with many bands/orchestra. The most noteable probably being the Count Basie orchestra and left for a short time to replace Coleman Hawkins in the Fletcher Henderson orchestra, but because he was under pressure to sound more like Coleman Hawkins left. Eventually he returned to the Count Basie orchestra.
He played with the great Billie Holiday who gave him the nickname "The Prez".