can anyone suggest some?  i know that ray charles liked buster smith, but i've had a hard time finding his recordings.  i'm looking for guys that primarily play blues, not jazzers (i.e. bird, et all) who play blues tunes.
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check out joe houston.  texas blues player.
thank pphillip.  i found an album called "giants of blues tenor sax/giants of funk tenor sax."  there's some jazz players on there (hawkins, ammons, stitt) but it looks interesting.  

any other suggestions?
one of my friends and absolute favorites, houston person.  i can't wait for his organ trio album to come out in about a month with atsuko hashimoto (organ) and jeff hamilton (drums).  if it's anything like their live shows, it will be smokin.
i always thought that sonny stitt was extremely underrated.  he is one smooth player.  listen to the song the eternal triangle on the wheatleigh hall album with sonny stitt, sonny rollins and dizzy.  probably the greatest unison playing ever.
i really like hank crawford for more mordern blues.
can anyone recommend an album with sonny rollins playing blues?
another fine blues player is red holloway. check him out on youtube.
david 'fathead' newman was great - he was one of ray charles' faves too.  
king curtis - wasn't called 'king' for nothing.
plas johnson - session man extraordinaire with a great bluesy style.
eddie 'cleanhead' vinson (also a blues vocalist) - recorded with etta james.  
stanley turrentine - check out his tenor playing with gene harris on the ray brown trio 'plus one' album. they tear it up on several blues tunes.  
jimmy forrest - playing night train with the count basie orchestra!
ben webster - was a great blues player!
cannonball adderley - one of the bluesiest players who ever lived!
the best sax player i know of is pete christlieb.  

his mentor, bob cooper (rip), has some great stuff out as well.

they aren't necessarily pure blues players, but man when pete is on a roll you can't help but getting into it.

there's a great recording with the songs blue daniel and passion flower on it. can't remember the name, but it's not recent.  highly recommend getting that one.

he's been doing a lot more recording on his own these days so there's a lot of recent stuff available.

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i don't know if i've ever heard a more lyrical tenor sax player.
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