Adolphe Saxe and the Saxophone

It’s Adolphe Saxe’s 201st birthday today and to celebrate here’s a playlist of ten of my favourite saxophone (focused) pieces:

John Coltrane ‘Syeeda’s Song Flute’ from Giant Steps

 

Kenny Garrett ‘Sing a Song of Song’ from Songbook 1997

 

Woody Herman Orchestra ‘Four Brothers’ 1947- the ‘original four brothers’

 

Sonny Rollins ‘St Thomas’ from Saxophone Colossus

 

Branford Marsalis Quartet with Joshua Redman ‘Doctone’ Newport Festival 1999

 

Charlie Parker ‘Just Friends’ from Charlie Parker with Strings

 

Gerry Mulligan and Johnny Hodges ‘Bunny’ from Gerry Mulligan Meets Johnny Hodges

 

Paul Desmond ‘Skylark’ from Skylark

 

Sidney Bechet ‘Summertime’

 

Courtney Pine ‘Liamuiga (Cook Up)’ on Later…with Jools Holland

I’ve also created a New Zealand only playlist over at NZ Jazz. Hope you enjoyed listening

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