Most Valued Player: Buddy Tate
by Nic Jones
There have been two dominant approaches to playing the tenor saxophone in the history of jazz. The trailblazer, not only in terms of approach but also in terms of making the saxophone a legitimate instrument of jazz expression, was Coleman Hawkins; his hardness of tone was combined with harmonic sophistication. Lester Young has come to embody the other approach, although Bud Freeman was the first on record with a lighter, more supple tone and a slipperiness of phrasing by comparison with Hawkins.