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C Melody tenor

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C Melody Tenor

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The "C Melody" tenor sax was very popular at the beginning of the twenties. Being tuned to the key of C necessarily avoids the task of transcription when playing with a piano. But despite its nice sound and ease of playing, it never really found its own place in the range. Coleman Hawkins started his own career with  “C Melody”, but one of its most famous users was undoubtedly Frankie Trumbauer (1901-1956), of whom even Benny Carter himself was an ardent admirer. The chorus he played on the theme "Singing the Blues", with Bix Beiderbecke is one of the classics in this specific repertoire.