Charles Clanton Rogers

Reflections based on poetry, music, visual art, book reviews, history of science, first-person history, philosophical essays and International Blogging few samples of Steven on saxophone.

2 thoughts on “FOR SWEDEN & PV

  1. bbnewsab says:

    Is the sound of a saxophone an ugly sound?

    I strongly disagree.

    Nevertheless some people seem to find that sound ugly. How is that possible? Has it anything at all to do with the frequency of the sound produced? I don’t know.

    I just know the sax sound is highly emotional.

    Read more about the delicate question here:

    Are you a saxophone lover or a sax hater? Please, have your say. Let us discuss that question while we sit around the camp fire tonight here in the RWT Community.

    And at the same time we can listen to Steven’s lovely way of “treating” his sax. (I think he treats it like a lady – with care and love…)

    Anyhow, thanks, KK, for the eight music samples you provided!

    I’ll come back tomorrow and continue listening. Now it’s bedtime for us living in northern Europe.

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      “… after its invention in 1840 such French composers as Berlioz and Massenet experimented with [the saxophone]. In Germany only Richard Strauss, whose Domestic Symphony included a quartet of saxes, regarded it as anything but a yeoman of military bands.
      After Sax’s death, the saxophone finally found an established place in the world of music when it came to the United States and made its mark in the world of jazz—and, eventually, rock and roll. Its success in those popular genres, however, actually hurt its reputation in the world of classical music. By the 1920s, it was so closely associated with jazz that many classical purists dismissed it altogether.”
      My favorite instrument is the “Classical guitar” [example: Segovia], However, as a high school student I aspired to play the tenor saxophone in a small band. In this setting, the saxophone mimics the human voice [as Louis Armstrong’s voice]and is therefore “the lead” in the song played. In my view, Charley Parker moved things up a notch. Then John Coltrane introduced “These are a few of my favorite things”, and the saxophone was out of any perceived cage. My current favorite (apart from Steven) is Joe Henderson, Especially his “Bess yo is my woman, now” from his Porgy & Bess.


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