Sunday, December 30, 2007

Charlie Parker greatest ever sax player

No Jamaican musicians, so far, has made the 100 greatest jazz musician lists so do not expect to see today’s top saxophonists Dean Frazier and Tony Green, pass greats Tommy McCook, Lester Sterling (Skatalites) or the younger, promising players, Phillip ‘Doc” Martin and Tafane in their compilation.

The all time greatest saxman Charles "Bird" Parker, Jr. (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955) was an American jazz saxophonist and composer, widely considered one of the greatest and most influential jazz musicians. Early in his career Parker acquired the nickname "Yardbird" . The shortened form "Bird" remained Parker's nickname for the rest of his life, and inspired titles of many Parker compositions, such as "Yardbird Suite" and "Ornithology".

Jazz historians consider Parker one of the greatest jazz musicians, along with other pioneers such as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington Jazz critic Scott Yanow endorsed that "Parker was arguably the greatest saxophonist of all time” and there is a memorial to Charlie Parker at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas selects the following saxophonist as the 100 Greatest of all-times.

1. Charlie Parker, 2. John Coltrane, 3. Lester Young, 4. Coleman Hawkins, 5. Sonny Rollins, 6. Eric Dolphy, 7. Cannonball Adderley, 8. Wayne Shorter, 9. Stanley Turrentine, 10. Dexter Gordon, 11. Joe Henderson, 12. Benny Carter, 13. Michael Brecker, 14. Gerry Mulligan, 15. Stan Getz, 16. Ornette Coleman, 17. Sidney Bechet18. Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 19. Johnny Hodges, 20. Grover Washington Jr.,

Selected saxophonists
22. Art Pepper, 23. Pharoah Sanders, 24. Paul Desmond, 25. King Curtis, 26. David Sanborn, 27. Gato Barbieri, 33. Sonny Stitt, 34. Illinois Jacquet, 38. Junior Walker, 41. Joshua Redman, 43 Kenny Garrett, 45. Phil Woods, 46. Ronnie Laws, 56. Kirk Whalum, 61. Gene Ammons, 66. Sonny Fortune, 72. Dave Koz, 76. Yusef Lateef, 77. Sonny Simmons, 83. Louis Jordan, 97. Branford Marsalis

1 comment:

kell said...

Ben Webster should be on this list.