Here is another swingin’ melody/solo by the great tenor saxophone player from Italy, Max Ionata. I absolutely love this short rendition from Instagram of the melody of “I Remember You” with Max’s signature bebop lines weaved within the spaces. Max Ionata plays with a perfect blend of hip jazz lines, crazy technique, a swingin’ time feel, a melodic concept that is so easy to listen to and a tenor saxophone tone that is out of this world!
Max Ionata’s Inspiration CD (One of my favorite recordings)
Listen to the informal video below and notice how effortless and flowing Max’s lines are. Besides being one of my favorite tenor sax players, I believe that Max Ionata is also the king of bebop triplets in my mind. He makes them sound so fluid and swinging! (I wonder if this is due to his mustache…..)
I am also a big fan of Max’s jazz articulation style. This whole short clip is full of all sorts of articulation but it never sounds forced or rushed. Even with all the accents and short notes, it still sounds incredibly smooth and flowing.
I typically get a few emails a month asking me about what jazz etude books to get and most of the time my response is: Transcribe or take a transcription like this one that you love, and master it! Listen to the recording over and over. Sing along with it by memory, hum it while you are walking and driving. Play it over and over trying to match every note, every articulation, every bend and nuance. There is no better etude to study than that!
I have posted other transcriptions of “But Not for Me” , Home At Last , You’re Driving Me Crazy, Parole Parole, as well as a solo of his on a minor blues with Dave O’Higgins. If you don’t know Max Ionata’s tenor sax playing, please check out these recordings and Youtube videos of his. Max Ionata has a tenor sax tone from heaven in my opinion and his jazz playing is equally as beautiful. His tone is lush, dark and full of character and his swingin’ lines are as smooth as butter.
Hope you enjoy this short solo! Thanks to Max Ionata for his incredible tenor sax playing that always brings a smile to my face! Do yourself a favor and check out Max Ionata’s website as well! If you appreciate the solo and Max Ionata’s playing please feel free to say so in the comments below……….. Thanks, Steve
Max Ionata Playing a One Chorus Melody/Solo over “I Remember You” from Instagram