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How Rahsaan Roland Kirk Modified Jazz

An examination of the saxophonist's use of the stritch and manzello, and a look at new instruments and gear on the market

The SDTS-1022 from Sax Dakota

Give It to Us Straight

While we’re talking about saxophone history, it’s worth noting that Sax Dakota just released something the world hasn’t seen many examples of in more than 100 years: a straight tenor sax. The SDTS-1022 may look old-fashioned with its oversized rose brass bell and mother-of-pearl keys, but make no mistake: It sounds thoroughly modern, as the straightness of the tube lends itself to fresh tonal nuances. And the gray onyx finish is a nice touch for sure.

Learn more about the Sax Dakota SDTS-1022 on Amazon!

Emile Menasché

Musician, journalist, and author Emile Menasché has composed soundtracks for Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentaries. He is jealous that his dog Hudson gets more attention from passersby whenever they’re seen in public together.