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I can't name just one. There are dozens. Depends on what mood I'm in. But here's a few:
Sonny Rollins - Blue 7, St. Thomas
Ben Webster - That's All, Tenderly
Charlie Parker - Embraceable You, Now's the Time
Coleman Hawkins - Body and Soul
Stan Getz - Desafinado
Paul Desmond - Concierto de Aranjuez
Cannonball Adderley - Waltz for Debbie
Coltrane has a lock on the greatest (in my opinion), but if you're looking for a solo that stands out both musically and sonically, try Joe Henderson's amazing opening to "Ask Me Now" on MyCoy Tyner's "New York Reunion" CD (Chesky JD51). All alone, Joe opens the cut -- for a few minutes, it's only his sax, sometimes subtly teasing, sometimes fiercely punching.
Lots of faves. Here's a few:
Joe Henderson - on "Song for my Father", Horace Silver-Song for my Father
John Coltrane - on "Naima", John Coltrane-Giant Steps
David Murray - on "Ming", World Saxophone Quartet-Revue
James Carter - on "Chasin' the Gypsy", James Carter-Chasin' the Gypsy
Cannonball Adderley - on "Blue in Green", Miles Davis-Kind of Blue
John Zorn - on "Beeroth", Masada - Live in Sevilla 2000
Michael Brecker - on "Choices", Michael Brecker-Michael Brecker
Pharoah Sanders - on "The Creator Has a Master Plan", Pharoah Sanders-Karma
Art Pepper - on "Straight Life", Art Pepper-Straight Life
Charlie Parker - "Salt Peanuts", Charlie Parker-The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever
Great thread. I've been banging my head all day thinking of additions from some of the great jazz LP's of all time. Then I decided to stay away from mentioning solos from any jazz pieces and concentrate on sax solos in other genres. There are simply too many great solos in jazz to even try to pick a half dozen or so to list here. Besides, is it really a solo when it's part of a lengthy improvisation? (Don't answer that). Then I came back to the thread to see what was up and I saw Steveaustin's posting of the Handy solo on "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" and I chucked my whole approach. That solo KILLS me. I can still remember the first time I heard it--my roommate in England played it one morning and I ended up late for work because I had to hear it like 15 times before I could leave the house. Sorry about the ramble...
Lots of good solos mentioned. My champion soloist is without a doubt John Coltrane BUT I want to mention one that I go back to time and again for the sheer wonder and awe. An album named "CONFLUENCE" by Gato Barbieri and Dollar Brand(Abdullah Ibrahim)from 1970 on Arista Records. Not at all for the faint of heart and at the same time cathartic, spiritual and uplifting. The cut I speak of is "The Aloe And The Wildrose" which at 14:20 is a journey to parts exotic and back. Abdullah's piano is also a lost wonder. I'm curious how many others know this piece of music? Go ahead, a little adventure is good for the spirit.
Coltrane - Blue Train, Love Supreme, all Giant Steps, etc...
Johnny Hodges - I Don't Know About You/Blues A Plenty
Johnny Griffin - The Way You Look Tonight/Blowing Session, all on Monk's Misteroso
Cannonball Adderly - Autumn Leaves/Somethin' Else
Ben Webster - Chelsea Bridge with Mulligan, Danny Boy & Tenderly/King of the Tenors
Eric Dolphy - On Green Dolphin Street + more on Outward Bound & Out There
Joe Henderson - Inner Urge
Getz - Body & Soul, These Foolish Things, All Things You Are, Detour Ahead, all Gilberto
Sonny Rollins - St. Thomas & You Don't Know What Love is, Sax Colossus
Charlie Parker - any - maybe the best, even at his worst
Joshua Redman - entire Disc 1, Spirit of the Moment Live
James Carter - entire The Real Quietstorm & most of JC on Set
Ken Vandermark - Outside Ticket/Elements of Style
Eric Dolphy, lots of stuff on Outward Bound & Out There
Booker Ervin - lots on Exhultation and Freedom Book
Let's not pass over Paul Desmond who penned "Take Five" and forever changed the perception of jazz for all time. As well as Gerry Mulligan and Pepper Adams on the Baritone and the very often over looked Hank Mobley, but a true giant on the sax. And the great Chicago southside tenor that was Sonny Stitt.
For me, Don Byrd's BLUE NOTE Lp Title, "Free Form".....credits W. Shorter as writer, of its Best tunes. This performance captures a period of Post-Bop with EACH tunes' feel. The resulting Aesthetic, owes its compelling affect, to an uncommonly powerful emotional release.....scarcely matched elsewhere in Shorter's recorded archives... On side II -- Shorter's "French Spice" The intense anguish, the single notes that soar, with a longing, of DESPERATION......some notes in this solo....to me, it's as if his reed is going to snap...emotional involvment asked of the listener, is more
than some listener's CAN give.....
Impossible, but I'd like to suggest 2; albums that is.
Very different, but similar spontaneous feel to the music making. Very unforced & musical to my ears. The underrated but dynamic & creative Bud Shank on the LA4 'Just Friends' album from Concord in 1978, also on CD, and "Mr. Melodic,Smooth & Cool" Paul Desmond, on his own album, 'Take Ten' featuring the very supportive Jim Hall on guitar, named after the tune he wrote. Hopefully still available on CD; mine is Bluebird 'Digitally Remastered'from BMG, 1993 and sounds great. Buon Appetito!
Also the Mosaic 6 LP release or the 4 CD compliation of Paul Desmond and Jim Hall. Out of production now, but well worth the search to acquire. Somewhat pricey now, may want to check your local library to see if they have it. This edition was limited to 7500 copies for world wide distribuion and it sold out within 6 days. A great find,don't miss it.