Originally Posted by cutthemdown
Sanborn was my first influence on sax. I still dig him and yes he is one of the greatest as far as jazz fusion goes. For sax more so then many instruments it gets broken into:
funk- Maceo Parker, Lenny Pickett
Bebop-Charlie Parker, Coltrane
West Coast- Cannonball, Stan Getz
The Fusion where guys like Sanborn come in.
Sanborn sort of that guy who did all the R&B stuff, played with Bowie, played with Clapton, so I'm not surprised he makes a lot of lists. He's a great player though no doubt about it. Probably the most copied sound in the history of sax.
Love Sanborn, I played in jazz bands with Paul Taylor and Nelson Rangell but you can't even talk Sax without talking about Stan Getz and I'm not even from his era. Drums? Gotta be Gene Krupa followed b Buddy Rich.
Really it is too bad that the swing era died. My dad raised me on it and there were so many good musicians. This is one of those fun but silly debates because so many guys deserve credit. Clarinet Woody Herman. Trumpet Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie. In their days, Maynard Ferguson and Doc Sevrenson on trumpet. The Dorsey Brothers. It does a disservice to rank them, these cats all had chops.
Modern Day (for me anyway) Steve Gadd and Stanley Clark are two standouts for me along with Chick Corea, Pat Williams Threshold album (good luck finding it) etc. The best thing about music is there are musicians to appreciate and love across all generations and all styles or music.