by Dave Segal
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