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  • Brecker

    79 61.72%
  • Bergonzi

    2 1.56%
  • Garzone

    2 1.56%
  • Mintzer

    1 0.78%
  • Redman

    1 0.78%
  • Marsalis

    4 3.13%
  • Alexander

    1 0.78%
  • Sanborn

    27 21.09%
  • Potter

    1 0.78%
  • other (please specify)

    10 7.81%
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    Default Re: Most influential sax player in the past 30yrs!

    Quote Originally Posted by gary View Post
    And that's a good thing? IMO that's one of the things that's wrong about forum discussions. ...
    EDIT: To clarify my earlier remarks: I think there is at least some agreement that tangential discussion can have value, but that it easily gets out of hand, whereas if anything, it should enhance and not distract from the main topic. Speaking of which ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinMusicMan View Post
    I would think of the most influential religious figure as the one whose inspiration led to the most people practicing that religion or following that religious figure. Similarly, the most influential tennis player (or any sports figure) would be the one who inspired the most people to enjoy and participate in the sport. I don't think most people would think of the most influential tennis player as the one who most influenced the style of play of other pro tennis players. Who's the most influential golfer? The one who got the most other players on the pro circuit to change their swing or their putter, or the one who inspired the most people (amateurs) to learn how to play the game better? Is the most influential film director the one who had the most influence on other film directors or the one who influenced the most of the film-going public to understand the role of the director in making great films?

    +1 I agree.

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    Mike Brecker was probably the most imitated in the 1980s and early '90s. Kenny Garrett began to overtake Brecker as the biggest influence on college level saxophone students and young professionals. Joe Henderson and Joe Lovano have also cast their shadows widely.

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    Mike Brecker got my vote although i tought twice about Charlie Mariano - he should be on this list !!!

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    I think that the biggest influence on alto players has been Sanborn, which is why I have to agree with anyone who says tenor is "the bomb."
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    Default Re: Most influential sax player in the past 30yrs!

    @LampLight - you are right, of course, that some side discussions, humour and other comments which do not relate in a very narrow sense to a thread topic are one of the things that keep the forum interesting. My comments just reflect a growing frustration with threads that have one title and many pages that, if one were to begin reading a page or two in, one would have no idea what the topic was. That's all and I don't mean to hijack this thread.
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    Default Re: Most influential sax player in the past 30yrs!

    Gary: Thank you very sincerely. FWIW I not only share the frustrations you mention, but your opinions matter to me - including for better or worse your opinions of my posts. At any rate, after thinking things over I have updated my previous post.
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    I don't mean to come off as a weiner or anything. This is just my opinion.

    I voted Brecker for the worst of reasons. More and more of these younger players decide to copy every small nuance of Brecker's playing as if it helped them develop their own voice. Now there's a whole bunch of failed clones running around playing (regurgitating) everything they've copied from fakebooks and transcriptions.

    Not mention the fact that he's dead means that even more people "worship" him. Same with Kurt Cobain from Nirvana.

    Don't get me wrong, I love Brecker's playing.
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    Really???
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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinMusicMan View Post
    Of course it depends entirely on what "influential" means to you. In terms of most influence on the largest number of people, it probably has to be Kenny G. Another good candidate for most influential on the most music fans would be Clarence Clemons. The last 30 years spans 1982-2012. I don't know if that excludes Bobby Keyes or Grover Washington. I would say that none of the people listed in the poll have been as influential on the largest number of people as Kenny and Clarence and others, with the possible exception of David Sanborn.
    Does the "influencer' have to have been alive during this period?.... 'cause if not, well it might be none of the above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by segaleon View Post
    Still is Coltrane, even though he left long before the dates you name...
    Middle-period Coltrane, more specifically.
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