Re: Best soli?
Funny, Grove Merchant is "below you" but was good enough for the Thad Jones Mel Lewis big band... The original has one of Thads BEST (though hardly hardest) sax solis. Groovin' Hard (by Don Menza though made famous by Buddy Richs band) is memorably swinging sax soli and sort of a standard of big band literature. If you really want to do it right figure out the articulation and get the whold section to articulate the double time runs together.