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.
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 http://doctorsax.biz/LeBlanc_Rationale_Tenor.htm ...Last Post By: AMASAX Yesterday, 10:50 PM
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...Last Post By: osloutah Yesterday, 07:25 PM
I learned how to do this 30 years ago from Ralph Loomis, principal clarinetist in the U.S. Coast Band for many years. I'm not sure if he came up with this himself, but I think he did. A few bucks worth of supplies will create a lifetime's worth of ligatures (I think I'm still using the wax paper...Last Post By: Rackety Sax Today, 04:21 AM
Pretty horn... I've always loved the silver with the gold washed bell.SaxDadPaul Today, 11:30 PM
I used the same FL ultimate (and selmer 404) on my metal Link and Robusto until finding something I liked better. Not sure what size it was, but metal Links are usualy the normal or medium tenor...swperry1 Today, 11:26 PM