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George Coleman

No tenor saxophonist better epitomizes the robust muscularity of that heavyweight instrument of jazz expression than George Coleman. With brilliant technique and a deeply soulful tone firmly rooted in his hometown of Memphis, George has performed with many of jazz’ most legendary figures and influenced countless saxophonists during his half century in music.

Growing up in Memphis’ rich musical environment of the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, alongside such notables as Booker Little, Harold Mabern, Frank Strozier, Jamil Nasser, Hank Crawford, Phineas Newborn Jr., and blues immortal B.B. King, Coleman began to teach himself to play the alto saxophone in 1950, upon being profoundly affected by the music of Charlie Parker.

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Albums

My Horns of Plenty
My Horns of Plenty
Birdology
2002
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4 Generations Of Miles
4 Generations Of Miles
Chesky Records
2002
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Danger High Voltage
Danger High Voltage
Two and Four
2000
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[no cover]
Amsterdam After Dark
JJ-Tracks
1989
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[no cover]
George Coleman At...
JJ-Tracks
1989
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[no cover]
Manhattan Panorama
JJ-Tracks
1985
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