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Artist’s Choice: Robben Ford on Great Sax Performances

The guitarist nods to the influence of Wayne, Sonny, Trane & others

Robben Ford

I’ve been playing guitar since I was 13 but my first instrument was the alto saxophone. Guitar eventually became my natural strength, but my love of the saxophone has never diminished. In fact, I have spent far more hours listening to tenor players than guitarists, and feel equally if not more influenced by the people presented here.

It’s important to listen to other instruments, and in so doing it will actually provide you with an edge in terms of developing an individual sound. You wind up sounding like those you listen to, you know?

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