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Music sheet notation explanation (Alto sax)
There are two styles of notating a fall-off in jazz. As a reed player, when I see the wavy line style that E. Lüders asked about, I usually interpret that as a fingered (often chromatic) fall-off. The other style is a non-wavy curved line, which I usually interpret as a pitch bend fall-off using the embouchure. I especially tend to make the distinction in charts where the composer uses both styles. Context rules, though, and sometimes a particular interpretation makes more sense regardless of how it is notated.