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With so many Great Sax CDs to look thru...


Which Tenor Sax CDs would be good to listen to?

Which Tenor Sax CDs do great Sax Players listen to for new ideas for cool things to play?

Are there any great DVDs that have lots of Tenor Saxophone on them?


The following list is compiled from forum boards by Saxophonists from all over the world. This is a rough list but shows a repeat of many names that seem to have influenced many Tenor Sax Players over the years. If you have a Tenor CD you love that features the Tenor Saxophone a lot, and you want to share it with others, email me so I can add it to our Great Tenor CDs list.

Great Tenor Saxophone CDs

Famous Tenor Saxophone recordings, some classic Tenor CDs, some recent favorite Tenor Players too... In Random Order

Quality Time - Bob Mintzer
Man with a horn - Eric Alexander
O Grand Amour - Rich Perry
Coltrane - Giant Steps
Mike Murley - Extra Time
Sonny Rollins - All The Things You Are
Mark Shim, album "Mind Over Matter", song "Oveida"
Plas Johnson, the original "Pink Panther" theme.
Michael Brecker/Bob Mintzer, album "The Saxophone", song "Body and Soul/Everything Happens to Me"
Kirk Whalum, album "Hymns in the Garden", song "I Must Tell Jesus"
The first is Joe Henderson's solo on Flora Purim's "Butterfly Dreams"
Booker Ervin - "I can't get started"- off The Space Book.
Gene Ammons- Angel Eyes
Stan Getz - O Grande Amor.
Pink Panther - Robert Kyle (from Standards In The Key of Cool)
Anything from exter Gordon's later playing (especially on ballads)
Joe Henderson, "Invitation"
Sonny Rollins, "Tune Up"
Jimmy Forrest, "Bolo Blues"
Joe Lovano "From the Soul" (w/ Petrucciani, Holland, Higgins) and "I'm all for you"
Brandford Marsalis : "Requiem" (what a soprano too ! WOOOOOW)
Scott Robinson : "Magic Eye"
'Sax' Gordon Beadle anything from
Ike Quebec 'Heavy Soul'
Clifford Scott 'Ram-Bunk-Shush' and 'Honky Tonk'
Zoot Sims - You N Me with Al Cohn
Anything by Ben Webster
Anything by James Houlik
Michael Brecker - "Self Portrait"(from Modern Times/Steps Ahead)
Pete Christlieb - "Body & Soul"(from Once More With Feeling/Severinsen big band
Stanley Turrentine - "You and I"(from his Stevie Wonder tribute recording).
Dexter Gordon on "I'm a Fool to Want You" (Clubhouse or Ballads compilation), or "Soul Sister" (Dexter Calling).
Jerry Bergonzi on "Theme for Ernie"
Steve Tavaglione on any of the Gary Willis sides
Brecker, Never Alone
Don Menza , Channel One Suite
Pete Christlieb, Deacon Blues
Joe Henderson - "Lush Life" - the entire recording
Stan Getz - "The Royal Roost Sessions" - again, the entire recording
Joe Lovano - anything!
Houston Person - "Social Call" album
Houston Person - "Joey DeFrancesco plays Sinatra" album
Houston Person - Backups on Janis Siegel's solo album (with Joey DeFrancesco).
Mark Turner - Ballad Session
John Coltrane - Cookin' (with the Miles Davis Quintet)
Chris Potter - Concentric Circles
Stan Getz - Here's That Rainy days (Getz For Lover)
Dextor Gordon - You've Changed (Complete Blue Note Session)
Eric Alexander - Maybe September (Live at The Keynote)
John Coltrane: Ballads
Stanley Turrentine w/ the Three Sounds: Blue Hour
Michael Brecker and Claus Ogerman: Cityscape
Mike Murley - "Touch Her Soft Lips, and Part"
Stan Getz - Anything from Anniversary or Serenity
John Colrane: "I want to Talk About You"
Tubby Hayes: New York Sessions
Zoot Sims: Apple Core (With Gerry Mulligan)
Michael Brecker: Delta City Blues
Michael Brecker (the monster!...listen to "Don't Try This At Home"....it's unbelievable)
Kirk Whalum (the most original tenor voice today...well, maybe Ernie Watts is close, IMHO)
Lenny Pickett (luv it)
Joshua Redman - when the sun comes down
John Coltrane - Either "my one and only love" or "so what"
Ben Webster - "it don't mean a thing" with Ella Fitzgerald
As far as Brecker recordings go, I think that the Steps Ahead recordings
Sonny Rollins " A Night At The Village Vanguard"
Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
Joe Henderon - Page One
Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil (great compositions, too)
Pharoah Sanders - Morning in Soweto (the tenor how it was meant to be played!)
Sonny Rollins - Pent Up House
John Coltrane - Love For Sale (with Miles and Adderley)
Dexter Gordon - biting the apple
Hank Mobley - soul station
Stan Getz with the oscar peterson trio
Sonny Rollins - Sonny meets Hawk (a 2 for 1 deal)!
Lenny Pickett - Tower of Power "Live in Living Color" (a collection must)!
Gato Barbieri - Finest Hour (A lesson in using "tenor"edge to it's fullest)!
Dexter Gordon "One flight up" (love "Tanya")
Branford Marsalis "Renaissance" (love "Lament")
Scott Hamilton "Plays ballads"
Harold Land "Lazy afternoon"
Ike Quebec "Heavy soul" (love "Nature boy")
Joshua Redman: blues on sunday
anything by Gene Ammons
Stan Getz



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