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Dark, fat, bright, centred, warm, edgy - what's it all mean?

half diminished

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I have to say I'm a bit confused as to what these (and others) mean. Seems to me they mean different things to different peeps.

What's it all about?
 

daveysaxboy

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I have to say I'm a bit confused as to what these (and others) mean. Seems to me they mean different things to different peeps.

What's it all about?

EDGY- DAVE SANBORN
WARM- ANDY SHEPPARD
CENTERED- MICHAEL BRECKER
BRIGHT- ERIC DOLPHY
FAT- BEN WEBSTER
DARK- JOE LOVANO

when i hear these Stellar player's blow this is what i hear in my fat heed:welldone
 

half diminished

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EDGY- DAVE SANBORN
WARM- ANDY SHEPPARD
CENTERED- MICHAEL BRECKER
BRIGHT- ERIC DOLPHY
FAT- BEN WEBSTER
DARK- JOE LOVANO

when i hear these Stellar player's blow this is what i hear in my fat heed:welldone

So are you saying you have a Ben Webster heed :w00t:

H'm........ I don't sound like any of these - where does that leave me I wonder?
 

daveysaxboy

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So are you saying you have a Ben Webster heed :w00t:

H'm........ I don't sound like any of these - where does that leave me I wonder?

I WISH I DID,what a tenor sound Mr Webster had,1 of the best ever.Legend.As for me,i love Andy Sheppard's and Jan Garbarek's sound so try to be some were between them,i fail ofcourse but that's what i strive toward's.:(
 

half diminished

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I WISH I DID,what a tenor sound Mr Webster had,1 of the best ever.Legend.As for me,i love Andy Sheppard's and Jan Garbarek's sound so try to be some were between them,i fail ofcourse but that's what i strive toward's.:(

You should check out Movements in Colour Andy's latest album. I'm seeing him at Ronnie Scotts on 26th May:). The album is brilliant and so obviously Andy's work.

I had dinner with him after seeing his master-class at Jonathan Myall Music last September. A very interesting 2 hours of chat over dinner with a bit of a hero of mine since 1987.
 

jonf

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"Dark, fat, bright, centred, warm, edgy".

Sounds like a girl I used to go out with at university.
 

Jules

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I WISH I DID,what a tenor sound Mr Webster had,1 of the best ever.Legend.As for me,i love Andy Sheppard's and Jan Garbarek's sound so try to be some were between them,i fail ofcourse but that's what i strive toward's.:(
Seems like we're coming form a pretty similar angle on tenor here (you a Stanley Turrentine man by any chance?)
 

half diminished

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I love that warm, breathy tone that Andy Sheppard gets on tenor. Webster is a bit too much for me on some recordings.

Also, Coltrane on Kind of Blue - awesome sound and technique. I don't sound like him either though :(

In fact I could list all of the sax players who sound better than me but I don't have the time :)))
 

daveysaxboy

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Seems like we're coming form a pretty similar angle on tenor here (you a Stanley Turrentine man by any chance?)

Monster player,i have seen lot's of video clip's on youtube etc and the late great Brecker alway's mention's him as 1 of his great's,there's a youtube clip of him on stage with Brecker and i forget who else,might be Liebman etc,sax summit crew.Turrentine was 1 soulfull man,he had the Texas Tenor sound sorted,very blue and funky,oh yes.That's how a Tenor should sound
 

TheCureFan

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I'm just happy with my tutor saying I have good tone. That'll do for at my earlier stage on my sax journey. That and the fact people tell Me they knew what I was playing.
 

aldevis

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Don't some of your students find the descriptions offensive?

Not really. I guess that my foreign accent makes them forgive me.
Plus they all have a beautiful sound (seriously), unless they try to irritate me on purpose (they do it).
 

Jeanette

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Not really. I guess that my foreign accent makes them forgive me.
Plus they all have a beautiful sound (seriously), unless they try to irritate me on purpose (they do it).

I suspect you would get away with murder with your accent:shocked:

Your student's sound must owe something to your teaching;}


Jx
 
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