Introduction To The Saxophone


tenor-saxWhat attracted you to the saxophone?

I’ve been asked this question many times. Well, the sound of course. Next to the human voice, I think it’s the most expressive instrument and the one that closest resembles the human voice.

Like our voices the sax, or should I say the saxophonist is capable of producing an extreme range of sounds from sad, haunting dark tones to uplifting screams of laughter. I don’t think anyone played the tenor saxophone more expressively than Ben Webster, and the way he played those beautiful, low, breathy notes. Listen to an excerpt of Makin’ Whoopie from the recording Soulville…

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Screams – excerpt of Let’s Rock Tonite from the recording Rock & Roll Saxophonist

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Laughing: excerpt of Chompin’ At The Bit from the recording “Rock & Roll Saxophonist”

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You can’t get a better laugh out of another instrument. This is one of my favorite gimmicks.. hey, the kids love it. On the example above “Chompin’ At The Bit” my sax is going through a wah-wah pedal.

Read the next saxophone history article: Saxophone History Part 1

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