This week’s listening assignment is the great Lenny Pickett!
Lenny Pickett is best known as the long-time saxophonist and musical director for the Saturday Night Live band. Before joining SNL, Pickett was a member of the Tower of Power horn section. He is an accomplished composer and recording artist who has appeared on over 100 albums. In addition to his duties with Tower of Power, Pickett is a professor of Jazz Saxophone at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.
The best known aspect of Lenny Pickett’s playing is his command of the altissimo register. Altissimo notes are produced by manipulating overtones to produce notes that are outside of the typical range of a saxophone. Listen to the Saturday Night Live theme to hear Pickett play notes from the entire range of the tenor sax!
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