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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Burning Ambulance's 50 Greatest Saxophonists Ever

Posted by on Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Phil Freeman at Burning Ambulance has compiled a list of the top 50 saxophonists. (Note: The saxophone is not even in my top-10 of favorite instruments, but respect to all the greats, innovators, and virtuosi.) A contributor to The Wire and many other publications, including Alternative Press (where I edited his reviews for some years in the ’90s and early ’00s), and author of the book Running the Voodoo Down: The Electric Music of Miles Davis, Freeman knows his stuff.

His top 10 is pretty damn solid, although I’d place Pharoah Sanders (#20) in there, for "The Creator Has a Master Plan" alone, and I'd rate Henry Threadgill higher than 30. Have a gander at the whole list and learn some things… and, if you're feeling feisty, argue about omissions and rankings.

Burning Ambulance's Top-10 Saxophonists
01 Sonny Rollins
02 John Coltrane
03 Charlie Parker
04 Ornette Coleman
05 Peter Brötzmann
06 Anthony Braxton
07 Sam Rivers
08 Albert Ayler
09 Dexter Gordon
10 Joe Henderson


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Sir Vic 1
Wow. Stan Getz at #27? Man never blew a sour note in his life. He even toured Europe extensively, so how did he fall below all the other far-less-famous euro hornmen?
Posted by Sir Vic on September 19, 2012 at 10:43 AM · Report this

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