Intro to Saxophone
Articles and Interviews of Legendary Saxophonists
By Tim Price
has been my contention that the most valuable viewpoints come from those
who do. Thus, it’s logical to assume that any saxist who is surviving
in this field, and doing it with success, is doing something right.
The energies we all put into our craft; The years of apprenticeship and life-struggle, and the never ending open tuition to the school of hard knocks is always balanced by the intense commitment to the horn, and the pure love of playing it. This section, to all intents and purposes is a sort of portable omnibus (or as the late great Rahsaan Roland Kirk would say “A duty free gift for the traveler”) of sax creations - Musically, verbally and spiritually. The music these players create and talk about is a privilege to be a part of.
The music always has an infinite history and fertility, inexhaustible vitality, and at the same time, a seductive power of temptation - which inspires all of us who play – and offers the open-ended invitation to create as much as we can. The results, the waiting, the practicing at all hours, the talking of the music and constant study gives the music a breath of spirit, endless in motion and evolution. This will always be a source of awe and wonder to the fan or player. The legacy of the sax is a never ending landscape, at all times finite and infinite, both temporal and spiritual. The following observations, experience, gossip and serious reflection are an effort to bring you all closer to the vast dimensions of sax history, stars, life and times via the generous reminiscences of these artists.
The following artists bring a similar devotion to what the horn and it’s history is about, but all create a different picture via personal viewpoints in experiences, achievements and success. The actions and concepts that lie behind these stories will give inspiration as well as insights into a never ending life’s work and study. I wish to acknowledge the philosophies and insights of the saxists interviewed. you see, dear reader, many pros take different roads, but the basic roots are the same! This becomes more vivid as you read the interviews, and it’s why I included this section. This provides a wealth of advice and viewpoints. Enjoy all of it, and choose what works for you and apply it, and take heed to the hard-learned words of these one of a kind saxists. In closing this section, let me say, keep a hard edge on your playing, look forward to the heat and fervor of the expansiveness of the never ending saxophone. And above all, strive for tone.