You need to learn to change your sound using the muscles in your mouth and throat. I would check out the book, "Developing a Personal Saxophone Sound" by David Liebman.
But if you just listen hard to your favorite players, and play along with recordings of them, taking a small lick off of the recording and then going back and forth between the recording and you playing it alone, that will get you closer to your ideal sound. I hope that helps!
Can you please send me the link to a particular video? Not sure which one you want me to look at.
Oh well, at the end of the day, you basically sound like you. A good horn will bring out the best qualities of your playing, but it will not turn you into a new saxophonist. That's my opinion, at least. So go rock that $200 baby! :)
Man, that's awesome, so happy to hear that the video helped!
You're right about the differences being subtle to the outside listener. However, the way the mouthpiece/reed combination *feels* to the player is, in my opinion, very important. I just know how much worse I play when I'm playing on a crappy reed, even though anyone listening to me wouldn't necessarily be able to detect that my sound was worse than usual.
I actually don't know who Jim Cheek is, so your guess is as good as mine! :)
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Absolutely burnin' sax solo. Love how there's truly a beginning, a middle and an end as well as some truly interesting melodic lines played with a ton of soul. Amazing stuff.