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Sidney Bechet was the first jazz musician to use soprano saxophone extensively.
October 12, 2010 The soprano saxophone has never been a dominant instrument in mainstream jazz, but it's been in the mix since the beginning. Take a quick tour of the soprano sax throughout jazz history with the help of these five songs.
Steve Lacy's "The Breath" comes from his six-part Tao Suite. Baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton covers it with his Ideal Bread band.
New Jazz, Andrea Burns
June 28, 2010 Steve Lacy's "The Breath" is a, well, breathy yet effortless solo performance for soprano saxophone. Ideal Bread's "The Breath" is a smoky, swagger-filled piece for quartet featuring a baritone sax. Hear and compare the two songs with us.
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Steve Lacy: the Bob Dylan of avant-garde jazz? Josh Sinton thinks so.
Laurence M. Svirchev
June 28, 2010 Baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton has a healthy obsession with the music of Steve Lacy, who remains an enduring figure in jazz. With the recent release of Transit, his second volume of Lacy originals, Sinton selects five key Lacy performances and explains why they're important.
Not every Monk cover is made equal.
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October 6, 2008 Thelonious Monk, who would have been 91 on Thursday, wrote many great songs. But a great many covers of his music wind up butchered by interpreters who seem not to understand it. From the scores of full-length tributes, here are five which demonstrate the good sense to keep Monk weird.
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