Tenor Saxophone Giant Sonny Rollins and Guitar Legend Jim Hall Performing The Bridge

Watch this video with the great jazz tenor saxophone player Sonny Rollins playing his composition The Bridge and being accompanied by Jim Hall on guitar, Bob Cranshaw on bass and Ben Riley on drums. This tune is written and performen in up tempo which is a challenge for all musicians. However, these giants here have no problem with the speed and it’s a delight to listen to them and watch them executing the most difficult passages without hesitation …
Sonny Rollins is one of the greatest saxophone players ever and we invite you to participate in our poll regarding the best saxophone player known to mankind. Of course we know that it is very difficult to decide who is the better player when you have to choose between Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Michael Brecker and other tenor saxophone legends. More than establishing the better player, our poll is about taste and preferences of our readers, you even might consider some unknown or not mentioned sax player as the one you like best … Go and vote!

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Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Ben Webster and Billie Holiday playing the blues

Watch this video with some of the greatest jazz musicians ever playing and singing the blues. Listen to Coleman Hawkins sweet mellow tone and enjoy Lester Young leaping in on this song.
At the beginning of the video, Billie Holiday is talking about the blues music, dividing it into sad blues and happy blues and stating that everything she sings is part of her life.
The lineup is an all star band with the following personel in order of appearance: Ben Webster – Tenor Sax, Lester Young – Tenor, Dick Dickenson – Trombone, Gerry Mulligan – Baritone Sax, Coleman Hawkins – Tenor and Roy Eldridge onTrumpet. It’s interesting to look at Billie Holiday’s face while the cats are soloing, she really is with them. And of course, listen to her voice when she is singing.
We know that the video’s sound quality isn’t the best, but this was recorded around the mid fifties, so please be indulgent… As always in these cases, we believe that it is much better to know and listen to the original versions even though they have less sound quality than listening to perfectly dolbey stereo recorded sound with poor content. If you can’t enjoy the music because of the sound impurities, we feel sorry for you but we suspect you also like studio made porn pictures better than an original photograph showing an american indian at the beginning of the 20th century, just because the porn pic is very well produced while the grain and contrast of the photo from the early days of photography is relatively coarse.
As always when I post about saxophone players, I like to mention our poll about the best tenor saxophone player ever. Go there and speak up.

Miles Davis – Soloing on ‘Footprints’

Miles Davis is along with Dizzy Gillespie one of the greatest jazz trumpet players of all times. Watch this videoclip of the jazz tune ‘Footprints’ and listen to Miles Davis playing the trumpet with his particular style.

Many of the most important classical jazz players have played in the group of Miles Davis, most of them started a solo career after their participation in the Miles Davis Band. See for example John Coltrane, the greatest tenor sax player of all times.

John Coltrane – Soloing on ‘Freddie the Freeloader’

watch Miles Davis standing in the background smoking a cigarette while John Coltrane, the great master of bebop saxophone playing, is soloing over the choruses of the jazz standard tune ‘Freddie the Freeloader’. Listen to the energy … velocity, precision, feeling, energy, it’s all there. If you wish to watch more videos of the famous tenor saxophone player John Coltrane and listen to more of his fantastic solos over jazz classics and own compositions you might like to visit the fiesta-musical.com/english/John-Coltrane.php page where you can find not only more music with participating John Coltrane and Miles Davis but also video clips of other famous instrumental and vocal performers. If you want to vote for John Coltrane as the best tenor saxophone player of all times you can participate in our poll. We soon will feature a poll about alto saxophone players too in order to find out who deserves the title of best alto saxophone player of all times in the opinion of our readers.
In the meanwhile we encourage you to listen to as many music you can, watch as many music related videos as you can and read as many texts about music as you can. In this order!
Regarding this video clip of John Coltrane we want to clarify that we are aware of the sound quality, but this is music from before the era of digital music and sound or picture quality. If you can’t listen to the music because the presentation is not corresponding to your standards, we are sorry for you. There are therapies for people with mental problems out there …