Smooth-jazz artists started out like most modern jazz players, collecting records, hanging out at gigs and copping licks from their bop, cool and fusion forefathers. Eighteen of smooth’s most revered practitioners tell us about the jazz luminaries who influenced and inspired them.
The saxophone colossus turns 75 in September. Fellow tenor player Joshua Redman speaks to the master about his life, music and forthcoming live CD, recorded just days after 9/11. Plus, fellow musicians weigh in on the significance of Sonny.