Sam Newsome

Sam Newsome
"The potential for the saxophone is unlimited." - Steve Lacy

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Soprano Titans: Shorter and Liebman

I have always found it inspiring listening to Wayne Shorter and Dave Liebman. I'm inspired by Wayne's patience with the playing the instrument. He's not afraid of making the use of space a part of his sonic palette--not to mention all of the interesting colors and inflections he uses. I actually don't hear it as a soprano when he plays it. It just sounds like a voice.

With Liebman, his command and intensity on the instrument is unrivaled. He's probably has one of the most influential soprano sounds in modern jazz--especially amongst the post-Coltraners. Or should I say "Coltraneez."

Both of the guys always make me want to go and practice. Speaking of which...


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