Meanest and Most Awesome Sax/Trumpet Solos?

What is the meanest sax or trumpet solo you can think of that just makes you want to go "Uuugghghhhhhhhh"? Please don't say "anything by coltrane" or "anything by parker" please specific songs. And i really like big band stuff.

Jazz only please.

THanks!

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  • 9 years ago
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    I can't believe no one is talking about Lester Young (the man who put the saxophone solo on the map) and his 1936 solo on "Oh, Lady Be Good"

    Song:

    http://www.amazon.com/Oh-Lady-Be-Good/dp/B004B2M4G...

    Lester's most lauded and analyzed solo is his two choruses on "Lady Be Good" from 1936, recorded with a Basie small group credited as Jones-Smith Inc. The solo became almost a jazz etude - something that musicians learned as a part of their education.

    A couple years ago, I talked with Howard Alden at a jazz festival I was attending, and that solo came up. Howard has transcribed and forgotten more tunes and solos than anybody, but he said he'll always know Lester's choruses on "Lady Be Good."

    At a big band dance a couple years ago, the band playing had to play an extended version of the song "Lady Be Good" for a dance contest. Dan Barrett was playing, along with their regular lead trombone, Dan Weinstein. They were signaled to have either one of them take a chorus, and they both stood up and played both choruses of Lester's 1936 solo in unison.

    This website has some awesome jazz geeks listening to 18 different Lester solos:

    http://dothemath.typepad.com/dtm/1-18-with-lee-k.h...

    And they continue by posting the Lady Be Good Solo transcribed, along with 15 other "lady" solos:

    http://dothemath.typepad.com/dtm/2-oh-lady.html

    Without Lester Young, you have no Bebop, and no Rock n' Roll wailing sax in the 50s!

    Source(s): I'm a jazz history fanatic.
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  • 9 years ago

    Hmmm, here's some suggestions that I really like.

    Channel 1 Suite - Buddy Rich - great sax solo plus drum solo

    Harlem Nocturne

    I Remember Clifford - Arturo Sandoval.

    Giant Steps - Coltrane

    Delta City Blues - Michael Brecker

    Knock Yourself Out - Tower of Power (10 min Lenny Pickett solo)

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  • 9 years ago

    I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "Uuugghghhhhhhhh" but I've always liked the trumpet solo in Ellington's "Black and Tan Fantasy," especially on the 1956 Newport recording. And since we're on the subject, Paul Gonsalves' 27-chorus tenor sax solo on "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" of the same album is pretty fun too.

    Source(s): Sax player, jazz lover
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  • 9 years ago

    Arturo Sandoval's trumpet solo on Gordon Goodwin's "Muevo los Huesos."

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  • 9 years ago

    My Regards. I played it for solo and ensemble one year in high school with my tenor sax and loved it! It has a few ad lib parts and a beautiful melody and is such a fun piece to play :)

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Lee morgan's solo on the studio version of Moanin' by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers is my favorite trp. solo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKXsnDvILmI

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    The Beatles' Lady Madonna?

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