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Alto Essentials—17 Saxophonists List the Must-Hear Albums

A JazzTimes bonus feature from our June issue

Orrin Keepnews and Cannonball Adderley
Paul Desmond
Johnny Hodges and Billy Strayhorn from the Verve recording session for Billy Strayhorn & The Orchestra featuring Johnny Hodges.
Steve Coleman
Lee Konitz
Eric Dolphy (left) and Kenny Dorham, March 1964

For our June issue, which is just hitting newsstands and mailboxes now, we asked more than 20 prominent saxophonists to list for us five to 10 alto sax recordings that they feel are important. Several of those lists appear in the print issue. The others are presented here.

We provided our contributing saxists with the following criteria: an album can fall into any genre of jazz from any era and the alto player can be a leader or sideman. The recordings simply needed to be “great performances that helped shape the jazz alto saxophone tradition.”

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