Classic Tenors - Episode 1It took jazz musicians to show us its potential, starting with the C melody sax and eventually the great tenor and alto players in the 1920’s. The tenor sax in the hands of Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Chu Berry, and Lester Young represent jazz at its best from this era. On this podcast I will play excerpts of Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster, both originally from the Kansas City area.
|Body and Soul||Coleman Hawkins||1935|
|Sugar Foot Stomp||Coleman Hawkins and Fletcher Henderson||1925|
|Chelsea Bridge||Ben Webster and Duke Ellington||1941|
|Cottontail||Ben Webster and Duke Ellington||1940|
|Lafayette||Ben Webster with Bennie Moten||1932|
Classic Tenors - Episode 2On this continuation of the previous podcast I will examine the playing of two other great 1930’s era tenor saxophonists, Leon “Chu” Berry and the inimitable Lester Young. Both of these great tenor plays left a great legacy, but in hindsight it might be said that Lester Young left the largest footprint of these four classic tenor giants.
|Body and Soul||Chu Berry and His Little Jazz Ensemble||1938|
|Sittin' In||Chu Berry and His Little Jazz Ensemble||1938|
|Lester Leaps||Count Basie with Lester Young||1939|
|Jumpin' with Symphony Sid||Lester Young Sextet||1946|