When folks in the know speak of "the Texas tenors," they don't mean some trio of opera singers. They're talking about a proud African-American circle of "honkers" with a fat blues saxophone sound. The list includes Arnett Cobb, Illinois Jacquet, King Curtis, Don Wilkerson, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, David "Fathead" Newman and many more (including, probably, some others with "head" nicknames). Their vibrant horn sound originated in 1940s-era jazz and blues and proved crucial in the evolution of R&B. And one honker in particular went on to energize the earliest rock and roll, blasting behind the musical phenomenon called Little Richard. Remarkably, that Texas tenor, Houstonian Grady Gaines, remains a vital presence on the... More >>>