Originally Posted by ghwk
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.
My guitar teacher is a big Stan Getz fan. I prefer Coltrane and Rollins but have a large Getz collection because she talked him up so much.
I would take Maynard and Doc off that list and go Bix Beiderbecke, Clark Terry, Chet Baker along with Armstrong and early Davis.
The great thing about Jazz and Classical is that you always find a new layer with each listen. Pop/rock are fun but once you get the beat and rif there is not much meat left on the song as the changes are usually generic.