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Sonny Fortune


Fortune may be (misleadingly) best known for his sax work with Miles Davis' electric band in the mid-1970s, but he has largely steered clear of Fusion on his own. More telling are his stints with Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner, both associates of John Coltrane -- the player to whom Fortune is most often compared. Yet even when heard in the tumultuous modal setting associated with 'Trane's mid-1960s group (as heard most explicitly on 2000's In the Spirit of John Coltrane), he maintains his own identity. He's a versatile player, able move from slithering soprano sax passages to ferocious tenor wails, and seems to be at the peak of his powers despite having hit middle-age.
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