Five Titans Of Texas Tenor Sax

Illinois Jacquet. (Library of Congress via Flickr)
Illinois Jacquet. (Library of Congress via Flickr)

When jazz fans talk about the Texas Tenor saxophone sound, they're talking about a sound which is very robust, sometimes raw, and which mixes the musical vocabularies of swing, bebop, blues and R&B. It's that honking, bar-walking saxophone sound that used to blast from jukeboxes coast-to-coast. Here are five examples of that sound from saxophonists who hail (and wail) from Texas.

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