The Michael Brecker Archive at William Paterson University

Dr. David Demsey at William Paterson University contacted me a few years ago to tell me about the “Living Jazz Archives” that the University was building and how they were adding a Michael Brecker Archive to the already existing archives that they already had.   The Living Jazz Archives are: A TEACHING TOOL for William Paterson University Read More…

The Art of Imitation-Michael Brecker on Peep

Someone on SOTW (Sax on the Web) posted a video this morning of Michael Brecker soloing over his tune Peep from the early 90’s. Peep was a Brecker tune from the album “Now You See It… (Now You Don’t) that blew my mind when it was released in 1990.   I was a young Brecker head Read More…

Rico Metalite M7 and M9 Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Now for something completely different, a review of a tenor saxophone mouthpiece that only costs about 30 bucks!   Yes, you read that right!   Today,  I am reviewing two Rico Metalite tenor saxophone mouthpieces.  I have been intrigued by these sax mouthpieces for a few years because I have heard a bunch of people rave about Read More…

Dave O’Higgins and Max Ionata Minor Blues Tenor Sax Transcription

I just got back from a family vacation and was dreading picking up my sax and playing after having about two weeks off.  I decided I needed some inspiration,  so I found this video on Youtube to transcribe this morning.  It is of Dave O’Higgins and Max Ionata tearing up a minor blues on tenor Read More…

Rich Perry Tenor Sax Solo Transcription on “East of the Sun”

Here’s a great solo transcription of NYC tenor saxophone player Rich Perry soloing over East of the Sun that was shared with me by Sean Imboden.  This is from his CD “East of the Sun and West of 2nd Avenue”. I was searching the internet last week to see if there were any new Rich Read More…

Max Ionata “But Not For Me” Killer Tenor Sax Solo Transcription

Some days the “sax gods” just rain down blessings upon me.  Over the weekend, I started a transcription of Max Ionata’s killer tenor sax solo on “But Not for Me” from the Youtube video below.  This solo has been on my transcription to-do list since I first heard it on Youtube four years ago.  Max Read More…

Michael Brecker “Mellow Minor” Tenor Saxophone Solo Transcription

Here is another great solo transcription of Michael Brecker on the McCoy Tyner tune “Mellow Minor” from the album “Infinity”.  This has been on my transcription list for many years now and this morning I thought I would hammer away at it and finally finish it. I remember when this album came out, I was Read More…

Pete Christlieb Swingin’ Tenor Sax Solo Transcription-“Limehouse Blues”

For todays transcription, I need to give you a little bit backstory so bear with me for a second.  I started playing the saxophone in 7th grade.  I was your average kid who was excited about playing the sax but not really sure how serious I was or where this new hobby would take me. Read More…

Joel Frahm “Aguas De Marco” Tenor Sax Solo Transcription

Here’s another beautiful solo by the great tenor saxophone player, Joel Frahm.  Joel has commented on neffmusic.com quite a few times over the years and his passion for everything to do with the saxophone is very obvious. This youtube video is one of my all time favorites.  It is the tune “Aguas De Marco” (Waters of Read More…

The Sonny Rollins Omnibook Review

My first recording of Sonny Rollins that I heard as a teenager was “Saxophone Colossus”.  I checked it out of the local library. I didn’t play tenor saxophone back then but I was interested in anything having to do with jazz so I checked it out.   I remember trying to get into it, but it Read More…

Monster Berg Larsen .170 Tip Opening Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Yes,  you read that right!  A .170 tip opening!! That’s a 14 tip opening!  To give you a little bit of a backstory, I received this email the other day from a fan of my site: “Hi Steve, I have a favor to ask of you, if you can fit it in to your schedule. Read More…

Transcription of Kelly Jefferson’s Solo on Confirmation

Here’s a new transcription from another great tenor saxophone player I hadn’t heard of before.  His name is Kelly Jefferson and he is a musician based out of Toronto Canada.  I was browsing the internet late one night this week and somehow came across this Youtube video of Kelly Jefferson playing Confirmation with the Jason Read More…

Transcription of Jeff Ellwood’s Solo on Days of Wine and Roses

Here’s another transcription from  Jeff Ellwood.  This is from another video of Jeff that I found on Facebook in the Jam of the Week group.  Jeff posted this this morning and totally messed up my whole day.  (Once I start transcribing, it’s hard for me to stop…….) The video below is Jeff Ellwood playing a Read More…

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