Well, we know that certain Jazz Giants and players are fairly distinguisable by the sound and feel that play with, but what about the actual tone produced by the musician? Musicians like Gillespie, Faddis, Ferguson (of whom i despise looking up to) play with a very light feeling (and a bit raspy) tone whereas Davis, Hubbard, and Kenny Dorham played very dark, iconic sounding.. sounds. What makes this happen? How could that sound different? I know the stronger the chops and tighter you play the darker but how to emulate? Symphonic Players try to reach something that is (dark with a light feel?) and open and broad. Jazz Players play focused and dark (if in small groups) or light with a very projectable sound (Lead). How is this achieved? I am right now trying to achieve a darker sound that sports something along Freddie Hubbard's sound (as he is my icon). In some ways it could be gear, or technique.