I saw this thread on another site but it was closed.
I can't believe the number of people who prefer Getz's playing over Coltrane's, calling Coltrane emotionless (I understand the avant garde stuff is a bit out there but not Coltrane as a whole).
Apparently Coltrane said of Getz "we'd all sound like that if we could". If he meant it, then what can I say but in my mind Coltrane was not only lightyears ahead technically, his tone, his emotion, his sound gets me and he takes me far away on an amazing journey which leaves Getz tootling around not doing anything for me. When Getz plays Ballads and especially bossa's I smell cheese...I find him incredibly cheesy!!! When Coltrane plays All or Nothing at all, you can hear uncertainness and slight desperation, when he plays Lush Life - its so intense and beautiful that it centres you on the present moment and everything else falls into the background. When he plays Giant Steps, I feel like I'm a rocket myself and am going to take off!! Over a period of about 2 years he has became my favourite saxophonist, taking the throne from Dexter Gordon - I still love Dexter though!
Although I'm nowhere near Getz standard, I don't ever want to end up sounding like him. One of my friends who is a great tenor player was stunned when I said this!! I think I was this close to getting a friendly clip round the ear!
Anyways, I'd like to hear your views just for fun!! If you're a Getz fan, I'd love to know some tunes that might change my mind, even if they are Bossas!