In 1968 MPS Records assembled four alto saxophonists who, together, represented the spectrum of 1960s post-bop alto sax. Alto Summit featured Lee Konitz with his angular, abstract lines that stretched the boundaries of jazz, Phil Woods, feet firmly planted in the bop tradition, Norwood “Pony” Poindexter, the often overlooked reedman who never lost bop’s blues roots, and Leo Wright, in whose playing can be heard the full spectrum: bop, hard bop, Texas blues, and third stream, along with a healthy dose of Latin and African flavors.
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