Is "Road to the West", from Cowboy Bebop, played on alto or tenor sax?

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Hello fellow music fans.

Recently I decided to start playing the saxophone, but I can't decide yet if I'll play the tenor or alto. I would like to ask which sax is playing Road to the West from the anime Cowboy Bebop, as this information would help me decide which one to play.

Tesserato

Posted 2017-12-09T23:56:18.573

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It sounds very much like an alto to me - though I'm sure I heard him hit C a couple of times, which an alto shouldn't be able to reach, D♭ ought to be the bottom note - maybe the track is pitch shifted a bit.

"Smokey Jazz" can be played on either, though.

More info at wikipedia

& My favourite ever theme played on an alto - Gabriel Yared, soundtrack to Betty Blue 37°2 Le Matin

Tetsujin

Posted 2017-12-09T23:56:18.573

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"Road to the West" was played on tenor sax by Joshua Redman.

The credit at the link just says "Saxophone", but it's obviously tenor sax for these reasons:

  • The sound is typical tenor sax
  • The range goes below the alto sax range
  • Joshua Redman doesn't play alto sax

PiedPiper

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