For Adolphe Sax (200 Year Anniversary)
Annotation:A friend recommended filling this list exclusively with Brotzmann's work. No one abuses the sax quite like this German free improv legend. One word-LOUD.
Annotation:Shorter's solo work from this period perfectly complemented his work with the Miles Davis Quintet, excellent modal workouts that touch on the spirit of the rival free jazz scene.
Annotation:With Dewey Redman on tenor and himself on alto, Coleman first laid the groundwork for his harmolodic theories here. One of his most enjoyable sessions, thought provoking and powerful.
Annotation:Considered a fusion group at the time, Elton Dean's sax work with the Softs allowed them to transcend that unfortunate tag. Mystical, whimsical and entirely British, the music of Soft Machine was at a peak in the years covered here.
Annotation:Classic 70s free jazz recording! Hemphill pulls influences from African music and early blues in addition to his freewheeling work within the St. Louis B.A.G.
Annotation:Ulrich Krieger is known for his extreme sax work with a wide variety of experimental musicians, even participating in Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio. Here he tackles some of the more esoteric aspects of John Cage's catalog with glee.
Annotation:Wonderful collection of live duets between Marsh and Lee Konitz. Both are disciples of Lennie Tristano, one of the fathers of free improvisation within jazz.
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Two hundred years ago in 1814, Adolphe Sax was born in Belgium. He was an instrument maker/inventor by trade, who brought the world the saxophone. This is a list of recordings that stretch that instrument's voice, far and wide. Please check out our display in the music area on the second floor for more selections.