I’m a big fan of many of the players listed on this Woodshed article, and some are there I’m not aware of. In jazz, there’s always a balance between the legacy players and those who came after.
As I re-fire up this blog here in summer of 2015 it’ll be good to keep my feelers out there for names I might not be familiar with so I can check them out.
I’ll just say yes yes to Seamus Blake, Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, Mark Turner. Of course. I notice one missing name, Walt Weiskopf, whose new Open Road album is new this month, and my review of it is now live.
Also on their list are a few other of my favorites such as Donny McCaslin, and Joel Frahm. Joe Lovano, Wayne Shorter of course. David Binney. Kenny Garrett of course, and many others.
Hope you enjoy it. And also, look for my review of Walt Weiskopf’s Open Road on AAJ. Weiskopf is a living legend, and unsung hero IMHO. Woody Witt is another name I’d add to that woodshed list. Perhaps best known in Texas, until 2015 when he entered the Taichung Saxophone Competition in Taiwan, competed against players from 9 different countries, and took home the top prize, and $30,000.
Witt is a top name in Texas, but someone deserving to be heard as much as possible too nationwide. Congrats Woody. The doors are all opening for him, and for good reason. He plays his ass off, and works hard, is an educator too, and you know, the real deal.