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Alto Essentials—Nine More Saxists List the Must-Hear Albums

A JazzTimes bonus feature from our June issue

Paul Desmond
Lee Konitz

For our June issue, 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 appeared here last month. The others are now 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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