Jazz saxophonists always had a reputation of being particularly competitive soloists. They even fought highly entertaining "battles". Big band leaders like Count Basie noticed how these rivalries among tenor-players could be used to be other artistic and commercial advantage: take two stylistically different players, such as Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young, and watch the sparks fly. Norman Granz took this to another level with his "Jazz at the Philharmonic" concert series, which always featured as many saxophonists as possible. Such an all-star ensemble with the greatest alto saxophonists of the 50s, Benny Carter, Johnny Hodges and Charlie Parker, opens this box-set. Most of the masterpieces collected here are from the heydays of modern Jazz and feature almost all of the era, many of which were in bands with a two-tenor-frontline: Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt, Wardell Gray & Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin & Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Al Cohn & Zoot Sims and "The Jazz Couriers" Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott from England.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Benny Carter, Johnny Hodges, Charlie Parker, Flip Philips, Ben Webster - Jam Session Vol. 1 & 2
Ben Webster feat. Coleman Hawkins & Budd Johnson - Ben Webster and Associates
Coleman Hawkins / Stan Getz / Paul Gonsalves - Sittin' In
Eddie Davis / Coleman Hawkins / Buddy Tate / Arnett Cobb - Very Saxy!
Al Cohn & Zoot Sims - Al and Zoot
Tubby Hayes & Ronnie Scott - The Couriers of Jazz
Elmo Hope feat. Hank Mobley & John Coltrane - Informal Jazz
Dizzy Gillespie feat. Sonny Rollins & Sonny Stitt - Sonny Side Up
Charlie Rouse & Paul Quinichette - The Chase is On
Al Cohn / Bill Perkins / Richie Kamuca - The Brothers!
Paul Gonsalves & Harold Ashby - Tenor Stuff
Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt - Boss Tenors in Orbit
Eddie Davis, Johnny Griffin Quintet - Tough Tenors