5 for Friday: Blue Note by the Numbers – Top 5 Most Common Instruments for Session Leaders – 1500 & 4000 Series Combined (Part 3 of 3)

Pt. 1 – The 1500 SeriesPt. 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 335 albums in the Blue Note 1500 & 4000 series.

Part 3 of 3: Top 5 Instruments in the 1500 & 4000 Series Combined

1. Tenor sax – 71 total albums, 21.2% of series total

Number different tenor sax players: 20
Most albums: Hank Mobley, 13

2. Piano – 67, 20%

Number different piano players: 16
Most albums: Horace Silver, 14

3. Trumpet – 61, 18.2

Number different trumpet players: 13
Most albums: Lee Morgan, 14 

4. Organ – 40, 11.9%

Number different organ players: 5
Most albums: Jimmy Smith, 24

5. Alto sax – 33, 9.9

Number different alto sax players: 8
Most albums: Lou Donaldson, 13

Combined

Miscellaneous Stats

Total number of different instruments played by session leaders: 21

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