Why is the saprano saxophone not used as often as the Alto and Tenor within Jazz music?
The only person I know well is Kenny G and look where he was able to go.Many people have told me the Tenor has the best sound, I guess the lower the better maybe. Also I've been told the soprano has a voice close to the clarinet or the flute so many jazz musicians avoid using them.
- longshotsbluesLv 76 years agoFavorite Answer
It is. You only know Kenny G.?
Johnny Hodges was the ace. Also played Alto.
Tough Truckin' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaKoAQPcZS8
Lucky Thompson was another among the masters.
My God did he put his own style to this classic. Lover Man
Beautiful Tuesday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSLRZnHjErE
Jan Garbarek has been playing since the late 60s. Plays all sax's.
Coltrane played all https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGck-DRAFyw
Right Now, Canadian Jane Bunnett to me is the best soprano out there. Could run circles around Kenny G. To me she just plays right out pure Jazz the way it was meant to be played.
she takes off @3:20
Luciano Caruso is great as well. The playing here defines it's title. Absolutely awesome.
Luciano Caruso Quintet - The Order of Caos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sMSugEmdfM
Soprano has always been as prevalent as the others from the beginning of jazz and as you can see it's still throwing down.
- !!!Lv 76 years ago
As soprano sax has a high pitch with a "thin sound" , it simply cannot "flesh out" jazz music like an alto or tenor can.