5 for Friday: Blue Note by the Numbers – Top 5 Most Common Instruments for Session Leaders – 4000 Series (Part 2 of 3)

Pt. 1 – The 1500 Series | Pt. 2 – The 4000 Series | Pt. 3 – Both Series Combined


This week’s post is look at the most common instruments for session leaders of the 238 albums in the Blue Note 4000 series.

Part 2 of 3: The Top 5 Instruments in the 4000 Series

1. Tenor sax – 53 total albums, 22.3% of series total

Number different tenor sax players: 14
Most albums: Stanley Turrentine, 12

2. Piano – 48, 20.2%

Number different piano players: 13
Most albums: The Three Sounds (Gene Harris), 10

3. Trumpet – 42, 17.6%

Number different trumpet players: 8
Most albums: Donald Byrd, 12

4. Organ – 27, 11.3%

Number different organ players: 5
Most album: Jimmy Smith, 11

5. Alto sax – 26, 10.9%

Number different alto sax players: 5
Most albums: Jackie McLean, 12

4000 series

Miscellaneous Stats

Total number of different instruments played by session leaders: 19

Least common instruments (1 each):

– Bass clarinet & flute (Eric Dolphy)
– Pennywhistle, talking drum, vocal (Solomon Ilori)

 

Coming next week: the 1500 & 4000 series combined stats!

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