Saxaphone vs. Trumpet...Which do you prefer?

It’s not the first time I’ve thought about it, but it came up again last night as I was listening to Quintessence volume 2, Stan Getz and Chet Baker recorded live. (an amazing disc) I have to say that for myself, I prefer the saxophone because it seems capable of infinite textures and subtle shadings as well as eye opening dynamic shifts. Of course I love the trumpet too; especially in the hands of a player like Chet Baker.



thank you very much for your informative reply. I knew if anyone could provide a  reas
onable and thoughtful reeponse it would be you. Regarding the baritone saxophone I find it interesting that two recognized masters of this instrument (Gerry Mulligan and Pepper Adams)  have such distinctly different sounds. I enjoy both of them immensely.


I'm really glad that I started this thread! I'm learning a lot about jazz musicians that I'm not familiar with as well as the instruments themselves.

Thanks Charles and Frogman and everyone else. Keep it up!


And a combination of a sax and a trumpet is ..... a strumpet. Just had to get that one in. 
Oh, yeah? Jazz saxophone great Eddie Harris beat you to it 😊. He would sometimes play his creation the reed trumpet; trumpet with saxophone mouthpiece.

How about the slide saxophone (and more):