Chicago tenor sax
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#1 Jul 6, 2008
What a bunch of BS. I've been a musician, and a Chicagoan, all my life, and this is the first I've ever heard about "Chicago style tenor sax". In fact, sax used to be one of the instruments I doubled on. Where do these yuppie "journalists" come up with this stuff ?
#2 Sep 2, 2008
Well, it's really unfortunate that you aren't familiar with one of the seminal musical styles of the city you claim so much connection with. As the article summarizes, tenor sax has played a large part in Chicago's jazz scene. If you haven't heard the players mentioned in the article, then you really need to get out to a library or amazon.com and catch up.
The Chicago tenor style is based very heavily in a deep, blues-rich sound. The players usually have a very large sound and possess dazzling technique. I'm a big fan of Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Johnny Griffin's quintet as well as Gene Ammons various ensembles. Hell, on Ammons' "The Big Sound" you get to hear a young Coltrane on alto.
Hope you get to discover something new about your hometown!
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