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  • Lou

    Parker was to sax what Hendrix was to guitar.

  • eggnostriva

    Jaco Pastorious, while not a saxophonist was hugely influential and died tragically young.

  • byron mutnick

    my fav. musician of all time besides parker was Clifford Brown. he was 25 when he passed away. everybody stole from clifford on how the trumpet is to be played. check out his recordings and you,ll be amazed.

  • Ahhhhh

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  • Sambucus Nigra

    Many will call me a heretic, but I would add John Zorn here. Definitely I would.

  • bob

    Eric Dolphy whomps

  • My wife’s big on John Coltrane, but Tubby Hayes is one of my favourites. I love his ’67 for members only album, even though his was obviously influenced by ‘the great’ names such as Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins. Such a shame that he died so young 🙁

    Thanks

    Col 🙂

  • tenor madness

    “Influential” to writers making lists! (which is fine)

    If “influential” means influencing sax players or other jazz musicians, I can’t imagine any list excluding Brecker, Shorter and Joe Henderson …. ask any accomplished player..

    A list limited to just ten would be better served to break up: tenor; alto; pre- and post-bebop.

  • Viktor

    It must have been hard to limit this list to top 10 considering the likes of Michael Brecker and Wayne Shorter and even (I ABSO-FRIGGIN-LUTELY hate to say this, believe me! Please don’t hurt me!) Kenny G.

    • Holden

      Kenny G is to the rest of these guys what “Old Tennis Shoes” is to 18 y/o single malt scotch. Mentioning his (or the names of most of his contemporaries) in a list such as this is akin to comparing G’s drum machine with Gene Krupa.

      If Grover was instrumental in the “smooth” jazz (bowel) movement, he’s turning in his grave.

  • Home Slice

    Wayne Shorter should be on this list. Definitely before Getz or Washington.

  • Coleman Hawkins was known as The Bean.

  • Not A Squirrel

    It’s worth noting that Sidney Bechet also played clarinet, and was known as a saxophonist likely because he was one of the first (and few) to play the Soprano Sax, particularly in America. I think he was primarily a Clarinetist.

  • adeniyi blessing ‘marshalsax’

    Charles parker will always be no 1, my name will soon enter the list.

  • Babajide G.daySax

    Parker is the father of mordan sax tone. Just be expecting uncomparable dexterity from Naija. Soon!

  • Michele

    Johnny Hodges, love his sound

  • Turkish

    when you’ll put in James Carter ? after him died?

  • Sandy man

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a time machine, we could all go back in time and see all the great sax player, I have tried to name my the best top ten, but I just can’t do it, there are just to Meany fantastic musician out there, some are gone some are still here, and I thank them all for the joy they have given me.

  • Rolf Westerberg

    There is one man missing on the list who I regard as the greatest player besidedes Colterane and this is the one and only DEXTER GORDON!

  • Joe

    Frankie Trumbauer influenced Lester Young…Young has even said that. See “The History of Jazz” by Ted Gioia.

  • Robyn

    Paul Desmond, Chu Berry and Benny Carter.

  • Plasticgeordie

    What no Mel Collins? 🙁

  • Greg

    Great list. It’s hard to keep it down to 10. I would also consider Johnny Hodges and Dexter Gordon. They were as unique as the rest. Good list and explanations 🙂

  • Don Dennison

    Well of course its impossible to agree on a given ten, and I’m not agruing aboiut any of the above, but for listening pleasure over the years, I want to reserve a place for Gerry Mulligan.

  • Daniel

    Ornette Coleman needs to be on this list

  • Jack Prentiss

    How about Illinois Jacquet? The cool sound guys like Getz are fading away now. Give us more Texas Tenors….

  • Jay

    I know this is old time.

    But If any one wants to talk jazz or theory, or etc; please email me.

  • Holden

    Let’s give some love to Stanley Turrentine and Scott Hamilton…

  • Charles Campbell

    What about Gerry Mulligan?