Who Doesn’t Love the Sax?
The saxophone has such a wonderful tone, how could anyone not love the sound it produces. There are many different types of sax, but the most popular, the ones I love the most, are the alto sax and tenor sax. I couldn’t tell you which one was my absolute favorite because they are both equally great. There are also the soprano and baritone saxophones, and another 10 or so that I won’t mention due to their lesser popularity among players, but the alto and tenor are my two favorites without question. When you think of saxophone players, for many people John Coltrane comes up first in their minds. He was one of the most popular players in the 1950s and 1960s and helped in a big way to put American Jazz on the map.
Charlie Parker is another world-renowned saxophonist, but also one of the most troubled jazz artists ever. Charlie died when he was only 34 years old due to complications from his cirrhosis of the liver. And as many other musicians, he was addicted to drugs, causing many other problems in his life. But even with all of his troubles, he still managed to become recognized as one of the greatest jazz saxophonists of all time. Parker was a major contributor to the development of bebop music, which was quite a change from the typical swing music most people were familiar with in the 1940s.
Stan Getz was another one of the all-time greats, and is credited with the creation of “bossa nova” music. He was a phenom in his teen years, often playing with some of the biggest names in the music industry, such as Charlie Parker.
I love all saxophone music, but I think my favorite is when you hear some very soulful sax sounds with today’s current pop music. Yes, you can hear band music in many of today’s top Billboard hits. In 2005 Jennifer Lopez sang “Get It Right,” which included the sax, and even the most current music artists today include the saxophone in their top tunes. Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (TGIF),” Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory,” and many other current radio hits feature the incredible sounds of the sax. And those are my favorites. I love today’s current pop music, but when a sax is added to the mix, it makes the tune that much better.