The Tenor Saxophone : Teodross Avery and Hank Mobley

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The tenor saxophone has an important role to play in jazz music. Originally it was used in military marching bands, especially in the USA. After the American Civil War, many military bands were disbanded and tenor saxophones found their way into Gospel and Jazz groups.


One of the greatest exponents of this instrument was jazz legend Hank Mobley, born in 1930. He rose to fame in the early 1950s, performing with musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie and Horace Silver. While cool jazz was emerging on one side, Mobley joined the musicians exploring hard bop. His lyrical, yet fiery playing is a staple of 20th century jazz recordings.


Almost half a century later, Teodross Avery began his career on the tenor saxophone. As a child he learnt the guitar, but after hearing John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”, he switched to the saxophone. He is now one of the leading lights in the new generation of jazz artists. A stunning performer live and recorded, he has developed his own modern style of playing, which he says is “best experienced front row, and full throttle”!


Listen to Teodross Avery in this wonderful album "New Day, New Groove" exploring the subtle reaches of the tenor saxophone. At times mellow and other times full-blown fireworks, Avery showcases this unique instrument and takes you on a masterful guided tour of modern jazz.