Your playing is coming along. I like the songs you pick too. You've got the tone and the control sussed. You're pitching well too. I think you should work on phrasing and varying the dynamics. Perhaps a little bending to give it more expression. Perhaps a litlle vibrato on the long notes. You sound to me like you're holding back.
When I heasr an instrumental version of a standard I can hear the key phrases , especially the title and it's these you need to almost sing through the sax on the head.
When working up a new song on the alto, I like to listen to Ella Fitzgerald to hear how it goes. She always seems so precise with the phrasing and pitch. Then a version by Sarah Vaughan for a looser feel and a little more soul. When I think I've got it, a version by Nina Simone let's you know how far you have to go.
Colin, haha don't let my tutor read your post. He'll never stop telling me to re read it over and over..It's probably taken me this long to get out of the bad habits I picked up while playing the guitar. Now seems to be the time to concentrate on the more subtle things about playing the sax..Thanks for listening and for commenting
You can hear a difference in your playing it's coming along nicely
Since the back end of last year i've been listening to a lot of Tony Bennett so thought you may like this version... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eicMeklLtrY