Category Archives: Great Saxophonists/Great Songs

Ladybird: By Hank Mobley & the Jazz Messengers

Our Music Choice is “Ladybird” by Hank Mobley and the Jazz Messengers. Ladybird was composed by Tadd Dameron (1917-1965) in 1939. It was recorded by the Jazz Messengers in 1955, with Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone), Kenny Dorham (trumpet), Horace Silver (piano), Doug Watkins (bass), and Art Blakey (drums) being the personnel on the recording. During his solo, Hank Mobley plays in […]

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River’s Invitation: by Stanley Turrentine

Stanley Turrentine (1934-2000) was a master of the tenor saxophone, whose big sound, gospel-style phrasing and gift of improvisation, enabled him to navigate through several jazz fashions, including Soul Jazz and Hard Bop. In order to make a musical living he sometimes recorded music that was shallow by jazz standards, but he left behind a library of great recordings. His […]

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Wave: by Dexter Gordon

Dexter Gordon (1923-1990) spent some years living and playing in Europe. In August 1975, he was recorded in Switzerland playing with Kenny Drew (piano), Niels Pedersen (bass), and Alex Riel (drums). Recommended is his version of Wave, a bossa nova written by the Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. This recording is filled with quotes and creative phrases. Dexter Gordon effortlessly […]

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