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Artist’s Choice: Erik Lawrence on Post-Trane Saxophonists

Lawrence, a member of the Honey Ear Trio and a longtime sideman to Levon Helm, picks his favorite performances from saxophonists who emerged in the wake of John Coltrane's 1967 death

Billy Harper
Erik Lawrence
Dewey Redman by Lourdes Delgado

In the last 10 or 12 years of his life, John Coltrane raised the bar in virtually every aspect of music-harmony, spirituality, technique, sonics-through his dedication, conviction and visionary originality. But perhaps his greatest gift to us was the inspiration to find our own voices. The saxophonists who emerged during the late ’60s and early ’70s should have changed the shape of jazz. Musicians and fans didn’t necessarily follow suit, but it wasn’t because these lesser-known players didn’t try. Music today would be better if we had listened more to these guys.

“Jay-Ree”

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