Russell Peck

Upward Stream

            The tenor saxophone makes only rare appearances on the concert stage. Generally speaking, the alto saxophone has been the classical solo instrument of choice, and there is a fairly large repertoire for that instrument.   Appearances of the tenor saxophone with a symphony orchestra are even more rare; you may remember it from Ravel’s Bolero or Prokofiev's suite from Lieutenant Kije.   Even in jazz the tenor often stood in the shade of the alto saxophone until great soloists like Coleman Hawkins in the 1930s and Stan Getz in the 1960s demonstrated its musical possibilities as a soloist.  It has a lower, warmer sound than an alto, coupling great lyrical resources with equally impressive virtuosity.