I finally had to remove the post called Coo-Coo's nest. It became too controversial to even keep up with the comments, I do have life you know. Was dissing my peers because they have juice than I? Am I a Mover disciple? Am I against tradition or for it? Do kids nowadays have their heads up their asses? Is it not cool anymore for white guys to swing? Am I more of a critic than a player? Is playing 20 cents sharp just expression or an intonation problem?
Too many questions, too little time.
A little about my personal tastes at the present time. There are no players my age that I'd say that I would want to sound like. If I had to choose my favorite player among the guys that I came up with I would have to say Douglas Yates, I dig the hell out of his playing. I also think that Charles McPherson is the greatest living Jazz saxophonist. I surely would not mind sounding like him, and like to tell myself that I do sometimes.
From now on I'll watch my words more when talking about my personal tastes. So many sensitive readers out there, I don't want to hurt any feelings. :-)
I'm not advocating sounding like Warne or Garzone or Mover. Unique is always better. You can sound unique and still be steeped in tradition.
Just listen to everyone! Simple.
Don't paint yourself into a corner by having too few influences.
Don't think that you can't be a great player as well as compose, teach, write, arrange, study, produce, cook, dance, whatever. Most real players do several different things well.
Keep your options open, times have changed if you haven't noticed.
Now can we please move on.