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Lenny Pickett: Equal Opportunity Explorer

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Lenny Pickett is one of those tenor saxophonists who people have heard over and over and, if they're not paying attention, they don't realize it. If they are listening, they will probably pick up on his wailing altissimo phrases and his ballsy, funky sound. He's one of those players, like David Sanborn, who has played on a gazillion albums of people from the pop, soul and rock world. Like Sanborn, he has maintained a sound that is all his own. He's also comfortable in the jazz idiom, and has done many a gig in that genre. He's a ...

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Lenny Pickett playing Dance Music for Borneo Horns in Ekenas, Finland

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Lenny Pickett and some Finnish friends RasePori Jazz Knipan, Ekenas, Finland July 27, 2008

Readers familiar with the New York experimental or art music scene will be familiar with Lenny Pickett from his residence there for the last 25 years, and his involvement with fellow musicians such as Kenny Werner and John Hadfield. West coast veterans may remember his shimmying and jiving (and sax soloing) with the 1970s funk Tower of Power consortium alongside Emilio Castillo and Stephen Doc Kupka. And surely everyone remembers those ear bending solo inserts from his long stay with ...



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