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by flowertj
(6 posts)
4 years ago

Jazz Saxophone & Classical Saxophone: Why The Enmity?

First and foremost, we are all saxophonists. Neither genre is better than the other in any way. That's the beauty of art in general. It is all subjective. So if I'm in the practice room studying and interpreting the beautiful harmonic and melodic structure of Claude Debussy's "Rhapsodie" for Saxophone and Orchestra, and my good friend is next door on the tenor trying figure out how he could incorporate some chromatic neighbor tones in his solo on "Autumn Leaves" to make it even more interesting, are the two of us really doing anything very different from each other? Sure the style is different, but what about the pursuit of creating music--beautiful music at that? There is no wrong or right here, but I do think it is wrong to make sweeping generalities about either style of saxophone playing, which includes making judgements about the quality of one's character. So I pose the question: Why all of this unneeded animosity between such closely linked fields of music?

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  1. by saxandbassplayer
    (42 posts)

    4 years ago

    Re: Jazz Saxophone & Classical Saxophone: Why The Enmity?

    People that aren't cross-trained get so emotionally invested in their particular side that they get snotty. It's like Ford and Chevy owners... they're just cars, but people get so into their own side that they lose some of the bigger picture. I'm studying saxophone in college, and though I don't claim to be great at either side, I can definitely say both sides have really helped me to mature as a musician and as a person. I think the biggest thing is that some people believe that in order to excel far enough in either side you have to delve so far into it that there isn't anything else but that. In reality, one of the best saxophonists I've ever met is a fantastic player on both sides. He's a very charismatic jazz player, he studied in France with Jean-Marie Londeix, won the International Geneva Saxophone Concours, and is also a great bassoonist! What people should realize is that everything more or less blends into the same melting pot at some point. I've met classical players with unbelievable technical ability, and I've met jazz players who can come up with solos that are beyond brilliant... imagine someone who could do both.

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    1. by saxandbassplayer
      (42 posts)

      4 years ago

      Re: Jazz Saxophone & Classical Saxophone: Why The Enmity?

      Of course... it could also be that they don't LIKE jazz or classical music, and instead of trying to understand what they don't like they just write it off as a bad artform...

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