Others Alto saxophone
Bud Shank Paul Desmond Johnny Hodges Ornette Coleman Benny Carter
Born Clifford Everett Jnr. Bud Shank was a central figure in the white, West-Coas-based Jazz scene in the 50s. He made the most impact with small groups in the company of artists such as Art Pepper, Shelly Manne and Shorty Rogers but was also active in big band formations and a member of the Lighthouse All Stars. did a lot of film and TV work during the 50s and 60s. Also prolific on flute and baritone sax. Member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet during most of the 50s and 60s. Wrote the hit "Take Five" and composed many other tunes for the band. Away from Brubeck he could be found working with Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan and Jim Hall amongst others. An original, melodic and often witty improviser, Desmond had the sweetest, purest sax tone that is instantly recognisable to many Jazz fans. Mainly known as a swing based big band player associated with the Duke Ellington band for almost 40 years. His main strenghts were the blues and as a ballads player. Formed his own band 1951-55 which briefly included John Coltrane. Occasional Jam sessions teamed him with Benny Carter and Charlie Parker. Hodges is without question one of the finest alto saxophone players in Jazz history.. One of the great innovators in Jazz. Although his playing is well rooted in the soil of Parker's bop tradition as wel as R&B, Coleman was the first to set the melody free and jolted Jazz out of its 30 year obsession with chords. Regarded by many as the father of free jazz, he remains a highly controversial figure who is revered by one and vilified by another. However his influence on jazz is undeniable. Not really a bop player, but Benny Carter has been a top Jazz figure for more than 70 years. Carter was a swing based big band player (and leader) who has also worked as an arranger for Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington as well as for the BBC and the LA film and TV industry. He led the occasional small group, with players such as Ben Webster, Oscar Peterson and Teddy Wilson.


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