Goodnight Julia is a sax solo from Cowboy Bebop anime series. Cowboy Bebop has Bebop genre jazz songs but Goodnight Julia doesn't sounds like bebop to me. I want to know this kind of genre , also recommend songs similar to Goodnight Julia sax solo.

Here is the link to sax solo.

I think sax played in this song is tenor sax , I very much like the sound of tenor but cannot find songs. Please recommend songs which has some good lyrics and tenor sax.

P.S - Maybe I sound confused and complicated but I am new to Jazz.

  • The tenor sax solo is played by Joshua Redman
    – PiedPiper
    Commented Jul 24, 2019 at 14:23

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You're right, "Goodnight Julia" is certainly not bebop!

In terms of a genre, it might be more trouble than it's worth to put a label on it, but smooth jazz might be the best option for this piece.

As for other tenor sax pieces, I can't recommend much with lyrics, but you might want to check out Dexter Gordon, one of the most famous jazz tenor saxophonists of all time. His solo in Watermelon Man is really famous and starts at 2:45. You really can't go wrong with Dexter Gordon!


I'd go as far as to call it a jazz ballad. Some of my favorite jazz ballads are John Coltrane and Duke Ellington's In a Sentimental Mood, Ella Fitzgerald's Round' Midnight, the Count Basie Orchestra's Lil' Darlin', and My Foolish Heart and The Peacocks as performed by Bill Evans (though he is a pianist). I'm four years late on this but hey, maybe you're still listening.

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