Skip to comments.Musical Brainsstorm Help Requested: Need Examples of Saxophone (Vanity)
Posted on 10/03/2010 12:53:45 PM PDT by Lou L
Greetings, fellow Freepers...my 10 year-old has recently taken up a musical instrument, the saxophone. She's interested, and although there's an obviously long road ahead, I was hoping to collect some examples of the saxophone to get her some additional exposure to the sound.
Looking for musically-inclined to assist with a brain-storming list. Obviously, I'd like to hear examples of jazz or blues, but I'd like to include rock, pop, and even orchestral genres as well. What songs or artists would you suggest as a good example of saxophone play?
Richard Elliot. Does a cover of ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ that makes me wanna make babies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSp5aH6JBWM&feature=related
More representative of his later work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGYyBrNrvyA&feature=related
Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty is a good one. "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty is a GREAT one. One of my faves. For jazz, the first one that comes to mind is "Take Five" by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Ultra cool. For R & B, "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)" by Jr. Walker & the All-Stars. Very soulful.Speaking of Jr. Walker and the All-Stars, you left out . . . "Shake and Fingerpop" (which also has maybe the single most murderous bass riff in rock and soul . . .)
Other classic sax appeal:
John Coltrane (with the Miles Davis Sextet), "Bye, Bye Blackbird" (from Miles & Coltrane, 1959 Newport Jazz Festival)
Paul Gonsalves (with Duke Ellington and His Orchestra), "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" (from Ellington at Newport)
Sam (The Man) Taylor (for Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters), "Money Honey"
Jack Lancaster (with Blodwyn Pig), "It's Only Love" (from their first and best album, Ahead Rings Out)
Andy Mackay (for Mott the Hoople), "All the Way From Memphis"; (with Roxy Music), "Do the Strand"
Stan Getz, "The Girl From Ipanema" (Getz/Gilberto).
Paul Desmond (with Dave Brubeck), "Blue Rondo a la Turk"
Johnny Hodges (with Duke Ellington), "All of Me" (from The Great Paris Concert)
. . . just to name a few . . .
This fellow is good but plays with some odd bands. Didier Malherbe
When he was a key member of experimental British space-rockers Gong, he was known variably as Bloomdido Blade de Breeze or Bloomdido Bad de Grasse. ;)
Not surprised;Gadd is one of the tightest drummers of all time, second only to Billy Cobham IMHO.
John Cafferfty and The Beaver Brown Band - On The Dark Side
George Thorogood and the Destroyers - Bad To The Bone
(some really awesome sax in this song)
Foreigner - Urgent
(Lots of nice sax in this song)
Billy Joel - Still Rock-n-Roll To Me
Supertramp - Logical Song
Lou Reed - Walk On The Wildside
David Bowie - Blue Jean
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar
Pink Floyd - Money
(one of the all time great sax solos in this song) Some of these songs you have to wait for the sax solo but they are really good. These should be very inspirational for her. Hope she enjoys.
I ignored Bruce Springsteen because he just pisses me off politically.
You are correct.
The last thing you want her to hear is Kenny G.
Grady Gaines is still blowing a horn too.
He had a band called The Upsetters (not to be confused with a reggae band of the same name) in the 1950s and was later tapped to be Little Richard's band leader for his Specialty cuts in the 1950s. After Little Richard gave up rock and roll for religion, Grady went back to the Upsetters and then found a gig as Sam Cooke's band leader until Sam's death in the 1960s.
Bip Bop Bip sounds like Little Richard twice as manic. It's actually Don Covay backed by the Upsetters. Don was opening for Little Richard and the Upsetters in those days.
One of the last things Boots Randolph ever recorded (literally) was this cover of I Put A Spell On You with Scotty Moore, Billy Swan, and others. I don't care for the other cuts on this album so much but this one I liked (and it's a bit more slow and emotional than the above rocking cuts of honking sax, more of which can be found here:
Subtitled - The History Of The Honkin' & Screamin' Saxophone. Not for the faint hearted, this compilation of 106 tracks bursts at the seams with the sound of 50 hard blowing saxophonists who, between 1942-1952, formed the nucleus of what became known as the Honkers & Screamers. Artists include Illinois Jacquet, Arnett Cobb, Wild Bill Moore, Paul Williams, Hal Singer, & many more. Includes 68-page illustrated booklet with biographies of the players & full discography details. Four standard jewel cases housed in a slipbox. Proper. 2003).
In a totally different vein, there is The Beau Hunks The Beau Hunks Saxophone Soctette (a side project for the Beau Hunks consisting of pieces adapted for 7 saxaphones)
And Steve MacKay is back playing free jazz saxophone over pro-punks The Stooges on their recent reunion shows
Here he can be heard on the original recording of The Stooges Fun House
For 50s/60s rock and roll sax I prefer bands like The Revels and The Rumblers:
I’ve always said that if have a neighbor you really dislike, buy his kid a set of drums or a horn for Christmas.....
Actually Kenny G is played on the elevator to Hell and then again in Hell's waiting room.
People BEG to be let into Hell to get away from the Kenny G muzak.
Guess what they hear when the Gates of Hell open?!!
Guess what they hear when the Gates of Hell open?!!Let me guess---Kenny G fronting Lawrence Welk's Champagne Music Makers with the Mitch Miller Gang on vocals?
I Agree With Pat Metheny
I agree with Pat Metheny
Kenny’s talents are too teeny
He deserves the crap he’s going to get
‘Overdubbed himself on Louis
What a musical chop suey
Raised his head above the parapet
Now Louis Armstrong was the king
He practically invented swing
Hero of the twentieth century
‘Did duets with many a fella
“Fatha” Hines, Bing, Hoagy, Ella
Strange he never thought of Kenny G
A meeting of great minds, how nice
Like Einstein and Sporty Spice
Digitally fused in an abortion
Oh, Kenny fans will doubtless rave
While Satchmo turns inside his grave
Soprano man’s bit off more than his portion
Brainless pentatonic riffs
Display our Kenny’s arcane gifts
But we don’t care, his charms are so beguiling
He does play sharp, but let’s be fair
He has such lovely crinkly hair
We hardly notice, we’re too busy smiling
How does he hold those notes so long?
He must be a genius. Wrong!
He just has the mindlessness to do it
He makes Britney sound like scat
If this is jazz I’ll eat my hat
An idle threat, I’ll never have to chew it
So next time you’re in a rendezvous
And Kenny’s sound comes wafting through
Don’t just wince, eliminate the cause
Rip the tape right off the muzak
Pull the plug, or steal a fuse, Jack
The whole room will drown you in applause
Yes, Kenny G has gone too far
The gloves are off, it’s time to spar
Grab your hunting rifle, strap your colt on
It’s open season on our Ken
Yet I await the moment when
We lay off him and start on Michael Bolton
Oh, I agree with Pat Metheny
Kenny’s talents are too teeny
Hard to believe out of all these posts there has been only one mention each for Branford Marsalis and David Sanborn.
Two of the greatest.
great post! thanks!
Sorry, a little late to this party...
Mt daughter is 11 and took up sax last year. She’s now a big fan of Madness.
One Step Beyond: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAx2GHUUoSo&ob=av2n
Night Boat to Cairo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EW3hhL7FyA&feature=channel
Swan Lake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyT6UowYmXw
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