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Sax Strike: The Sound of Jazz without Saxophones

Jennifer DeMeritt By

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Possibly, more than any other instrument, the saxophone defines the sound of jazz. Most jazz combos have at least one saxophonist on the front—and when you see that saxophone, you know it's going to be doing a LOT of soloing, even if the bandleader or composer plays another instrument. But what happens to the shape and texture of jazz when you subtract the sax from the equation?

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  • Jaimie Branch "Theme 002" Fly or Die (International Anthem) 0:17
  • Host talks 5:14
  • Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom "Glitter Wolf" Glitter Wolf (The Royal Potato Family) 7:07
  • Erik Friedlander "The Great Revelation" Artemisia (Skipstone) 13:08
  • John Zorn "Train to Thiensan" Music Romance. The Gift (Tzadik) 20:06
  • Marvin Pontiac "Am a Man" Marvin Pontiac: The Asylum Tapes (Strange & Beautiful) 24:04
  • Marvin Pontiac "I Don't Like to Stand On Line" Marvin Pontiac: The Asylum Tapes (feat. Marvin Pontiac) (Strange and Beautiful) 27:33
  • Host talks 28:55
  • Tenderlonious "Maria" The Shakedown (feat. The 22archestra) (22a) 32:42
  • Jeremy Steig "Howling for Judy" Howlin' for Judy (Blue Note) 37:19
  • Clark Gayton "Toxic Rox It" N/A (N/A) 41:55
  • John Scofield "A Go Go" A Go Go (Verve) 44:51
  • Host talks 51:22
  • Tronzo Trio "Brass Hand" Brass Hand (Self-released) 52:52
  • Michael Rossetto "Ferry to Tunis" Intermodal Blues (Shifting Paradigm) 1:00:41
  • Bill Frisell "Cold Cold Ground" Good Dog, Happy Man (Nonesuch) 1:05:13
  • Jenny Scheinman "Moe Hawk" 12 Songs (Cryptogramophone) 1:14:15
  • Host talks 1:20:48
  • John Scofield "Chank" A Go Go (Verve) 1:24:20
  • Makaya McCraven "Tall Tales" Universal Beings (International Anthem) 1:31:04
  • Erik Friedlander "As They Are" Artemisia (Skipstone) 1:35:37
  • Tenderlonious "Togo" The Shakedown (feat. The 22archestra) (22a) 1:41:44
  • Host talks 1:48:46
  • John Zorn "Cutting Stone" Music Romance Volume III: The Gift (Tzadik) 1:51:08
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