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Tenors Of Our Time: Five Saxophone Modernists

<em>Folk Art</em> is Joe Lovano's 21st recording for the Blue Note label. He gives a generous nod to Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango on the stand-out track, "Dibango."
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Folk Art is Joe Lovano's 21st recording for the Blue Note label. He gives a generous nod to Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango on the stand-out track, "Dibango."

Coleman Hawkins may have helped to thrust the tenor saxophone out of the novelty arena and into the anti-gravity space of jazz improvisation, but even he could not have predicted how the tenor would become so centrally identifiable with jazz.

While you won't find many concertos written with the tenor saxophone in mind, you will find the instrument in a place that matters — at the forefront of modern music. Five of today's leading tenor players have new releases in 2009, each with his own take on the shape of jazz to come.

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