[JPL] Walter Becker blindfold

Bradley M. Stone bstone at science.sjsu.edu
Wed Aug 9 17:07:48 EDT 2006

The soprano sax is much more firmly in place in jazz today, than say the clarinet (once popular, now much more rare).  Jae's list of current or recent practioners is certainly evidence of that.


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In a message dated 8/9/2006 2:53:55 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
jaejazz at yahoo.com writes:

<<..Not liking the instrument as a personal preference is one  thing but to 
imply it has no value in this music........  >>
I wasn't as serious as might have appeared. But it does seem to be true  that 
soprano sax has a greater difficulty finding its place in Jazz than most  
other reed instruments. Most instrumentalists choose a primary instrument and  
than a distant second. Almost none (Liebman the seeming exception on the current 
 scene) have made a stand with the soprano as their primary instrument. There 
 must be a reason.
I confess that soprano is my least favorite of instruments that appear  
within the Jazz context, though I cited some positive examples. Tongue was  firmly 
implanted in cheek when I referred to soprano versus "real"  instruments...I 
should have added an emoticon.


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