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    Improvisation: A union of mind, body and music

    Improvising on the saxophone has transformed my life forever. It has awakened me to a completely new level of spirituality – hard words for me to type, as a rationalist. Improvisation is a religious revelation. It is meditation, red mist and the soul. Playing music without a plan showed me the full dignity of the human consciousness and the hot power of the mind. It made me question everything that had gone before, and opened up unlimited possibilities for everything that lay ahead. It very nearly never happened. I want to share my story, and my elation, about how it did. Somebody showed me how.

    When I was about 11, my parents made me start taking lessons once a week for 30 minutes, together with another kid. Our teacher, a clarinet player, would take us through the required pieces for the next grade exam. They were classical: The melodies felt stiff. I thought the saxophone was the stupidest thing on the planet, and I gave up around four years later. I don’t think I played the instrument at home even once.

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    Welcome to the Yanagisawa owners club. Which Yanagisawa do you own, what mpc and reeds do you use with it, and what kind of playing do you enjoy? T991 tenor Yanagisawa 6 HR mpc or JJ HR* 6* Rico Select Jazz 2M filed demonstrating things in beginner and intermediate band classes, playing along...

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    Leblanc Sax Serial Number Registry

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    I have been searching the web for Leblanc Saxophones trying to put a serial number list together this is what I have found. Serial Number Type Year Source 542 Tenor Semi Rationale 1950's ...

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    Post a clip here, free jazz only!

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    Hello everyone, On another thread I've been trading free jazz clips with Jason Dumars and it occurred to me it would be cool to open a thread for members clips of only free jazz, free improvisation, new music, avant-garde, generally wacky ****! There are a number of players on SOTW that are...

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    Pan American Serial Number dating Study

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    Hi Y'all! You have probably seen my posts and comments regarding my Pan American dating study in other threads. I decided, I needed to consolidate and start a new thread so those interested can participate, comment or just observe. For those interested in the Cavalier line, I will continue...

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    1. Billyfish's Avatar
      Billyfish -
      My daddy was a Conn man, with a great personality. My mother, Selmer, was the hottest thing in town. So doc, tell me, why am I so introverted ??
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      jbtsax -
      How am I supposed to relax when they're always pushing my buttons?
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      jbtsax -
      ... and then all the kids on the playground started calling me a "tranny".
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      Saxmansteve -
      I've always felt like a tenor...trapped in an alto's body.
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      SSA80S23 -
      i just wish i was... was... fatter!
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      Selmer828 -
      Doc, I can't take it anymore!!! I get blown on and blown on everyday and for what to have some clothe stick stuck in side of me!!!!
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      Aldevis -
      my life sax (said with chico marx's accent)
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      maiaihii -
      "...well doc you know everybody wants me to be original on the outside as possible, and I finally came to the realization that nobody is lacquered on the inside, so it doesn't matter"

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    Improvisation: A union of mind, body and music

    Great article. This totally resonates with me Matty.
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    Charlie88 Today 01:27 AM

    Evaluating a Used Saxophone For Purchase (video)

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