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Best Saxaphone players

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A list of the best sax players to grace us with their music. List is compiled by birth year, due to all of them being amazing.

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Michael Brecker Report Abuse
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Charlie Parker (1920–1955), (alto, tenor) Report Abuse
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John Coltrane (1926–1967), (tenor, soprano, alto) Report Abuse
One of the most recognized names in Jazz, Coltrane was awarded the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation for his "masterful improvisation, supreme musicianship and iconic centrality to the history of jazz."
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Lester Young (1909–1959), (tenor) Report Abuse
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Tex Beneke (1914–2000), (tenor) Report Abuse
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Dexter Gordon (1923–1990), (tenor) Report Abuse
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Sonny Stitt (1924–1982), (alto, tenor, baritone) Report Abuse
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Art Pepper (1925–1982), (alto, tenor) Report Abuse
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Stan Getz (1927–1991), (tenor) Report Abuse
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Gerry Mulligan (1927–1996), (baritone) Report Abuse
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Lee Konitz (born 1927), (alto, soprano) Report Abuse
Konitz is considered one of the driving forces of Cool Jazz. He was one of the few altoists to retain a distinctive sound in the 40s in spite of Charlie Parkers influence.
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Warne Marsh (1927–1987), (tenor) Report Abuse
Warne's restrained, cerebral playing first came to prominence in the 1950s as a protege of pianist Lennie Tristano. It really earned attention in the 1970s as a member of Supersax.
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Cannonball Adderley (1928–1975), (alto) Report Abuse
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Johnny Griffin (1928–2008), (tenor) Report Abuse
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Sonny Rollins (born 1930), (tenor, soprano) Report Abuse
He is an American jazz sax player who has had several of his pieces to become standards.
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Wayne Shorter (born 1933), (tenor, soprano) Report Abuse
According to Wikipedia: He is generally acknowledged to be jazz's greatest living composer, and many of his compositions have become standards.
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Ornette Coleman (born 1935), (tenor) Report Abuse
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Albert Alyer (1936–1970), (alto, tenor, soprano) Report Abuse
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Joe Henderson (1937–2001), (tenor) Report Abuse
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Bobby Wellins (born 1936), (tenor) Report Abuse
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Joe Lovano (born 1952), (tenor, alto) Report Abuse
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Zoot Sims (1925–1985), (tenor, soprano, alto, baritone Report Abuse
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