This is Lester Young’s tenor sax solo on 1952’s Almost Like Being in Love with the Oscar Peterson Trio. Young was one of the first jazz musicians I felt like I “understood.”
His note and rhythm choices always seemed appropriate, and I could relate to his softer tone and smooth vibrato.
What I like about this solo is, as the listener, it doesn’t feel like there are any “extra” notes… every note is meaningful and played with love. No guessing, no searching — not that these are always bad qualities, to be sure — but each one is clearly intentional.
But regardless of “why”, at the end of the day I listen because I enjoy it!