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  1. Lou
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    Parker was to sax what Hendrix was to guitar.

  2. eggnostriva
    eggnostriva at |

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

  3. byron mutnick
    byron mutnick at |

    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.

  4. Ahhhhh
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  5. Sambucus Nigra
    Sambucus Nigra at |

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

  6. bob
    bob at |

    Eric Dolphy whomps

  7. Colin Hall
    Colin Hall at |

    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 🙁


    Col 🙂

  8. tenor madness
    tenor madness at |

    “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.

  9. Viktor
    Viktor at |

    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.

    1. Holden
      Holden at |

      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.

      1. Regnif
        Regnif at |

        Kenny G is more interested in flicking his curly hair against the wind than playing his instrument… He is considered Jazz however (unfortunately)

        1. stan
          stan at |

          No, Kenny G is instrumental pop. Only those who don’t know what jazz is refer to Kenny as jazz.

  10. Home Slice
    Home Slice at |

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

  11. Diane Jay
    Diane Jay at |

    Coleman Hawkins was known as The Bean.

  12. Not A Squirrel
    Not A Squirrel at |

    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.

  13. adeniyi blessing 'marshalsax'
    adeniyi blessing 'marshalsax' at |

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

  14. Babajide G.daySax
    Babajide G.daySax at |

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

  15. Michele
    Michele at |

    Johnny Hodges, love his sound

  16. Turkish
    Turkish at |

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

  17. Sandy man
    Sandy man at |

    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.

  18. Rolf Westerberg
    Rolf Westerberg at |

    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!

  19. Joe
    Joe at |

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

  20. Robyn
    Robyn at |

    Paul Desmond, Chu Berry and Benny Carter.

  21. Plasticgeordie
    Plasticgeordie at |

    What no Mel Collins? 🙁

  22. Greg
    Greg at |

    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 🙂

  23. Don Dennison
    Don Dennison at |

    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.

  24. Daniel
    Daniel at |

    Ornette Coleman needs to be on this list

  25. Jack Prentiss
    Jack Prentiss at |

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

  26. Jay
    Jay at |

    I know this is old time.

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

  27. Holden
    Holden at |

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

  28. Charles Campbell
    Charles Campbell at |

    What about Gerry Mulligan?

  29. Regnif
    Regnif at |

    Hard to pin it down to just 10 thought…..this list ommited such influential musicnans as Ornette Coleman, Wayne Shorter and Paul Desmond

  30. Graham
    Graham at |

    6 of the 10 videos are no longer working.

    1. Shell Harris
      Shell Harris at |

      We will look into this.


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