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  • Ten Albums That Made A Difference

    Having checked through the threads and archives, I couldn't find this topic, so here goes.

    What are the ten albums that made a difference for you as a player?

    What where the albums that made you pick up a sax for the first time, took off the top of your head every time you heard it, and stays on your CD player to this day?

    Here are mine (in no particular order).

    -John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (Impulse)
    -Little Richard: Here’s Little Richard (Specialty Records SP 100) –Lee Allen, the king of Rock N’ Roll sax with incredible, hard driving solos to match the incendiary vocals of Little Richard
    -Red Prysock: Rock And Roll (LP Mercury 20088): includes the immortal solo Handclappin'
    -Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus (Prestige)
    -The Coasters: Greatest Hits (Atco LP 33-111 Stereo SD33-111 Vinyl)- King Curtis is featured on tenor, including his seminal solos on Yakety Yak and Charlie Brown
    -Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach: The Quintet: Jazz at Massey Hall (Fantasy/OJC)
    -Dave Brubeck: Time Out (Columbia)- Paul Desmond on alto. The first jazz album to sell over a million copies.
    -Stan Getz: Bossa Nova- with Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Astrud Gilberto (Uni/Verve)
    -Junior Walker & the All Stars: Live (LP Soul 725)
    -Joe Lovano Quartets: Live at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note 1994)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Ten Albums That Made A Difference started by Neil Sharpe View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. Pete Thomas's Avatar
      Pete Thomas -
      Amazingly, almost half of those would also be mine.

      My others would be

      Ornette Coleman: Shape of jazz to Come
      Earl Bostic: Bostic Rocks
      Jimi Hendrix: Axis Bold as Love
      Jackie McLean: Long Drink of the Blues
      Mothers of Invention: Absolutely Free
    1. jamminjoe's Avatar
      jamminjoe -
      I could easily accept that list,,
    1. maciagt's Avatar
      maciagt -
      So who was Little Richard's sax man?
      Could possibly been George Howard? If so, I saw him the other week in a Lansing music shop.
    1. Jolimobley's Avatar
      Jolimobley -
      The Reason I picked up the sax in the first place was because of a Steely Dan song called "Decan Blues". I recently had the honor of playing with Donald Fagan, which was a special moment for me as a player.

      Steely Dan: AJA
      Hank Mobley: Soul Station
      Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus
      Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
      Michael Brecker and Bob Mintzer: Twin Tenors
      Michael Brecker: Time is of the Essence
      Cannonball: Know What I Mean
      Bill Evans: Bill Evans Trio
      Freddy Hubbard: Red Clay
      Joe Henderson: Page One

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