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?
Charlie Parker - there is a movie of his life called THE BIRD but as he gets hooked on drugs and dies young I would skip that.
Fantastic jazz sax though.
ROTFLMAO!!!!! Oh man....
And he was supposed to be an award winner too in college
Intro music to the original “The Blob” movie. Classic 50’s rock n roll sax.
I would suggest a site you can get some Sax clips from - www.realsax.com. This is operated by a high-school buddy of mine that has figured out an interesting business model. Go take a look.
In any case, you’ll find some MPG clips of Sax playing different genres. Jim was an aces Sax player when we were in High-School together. He was the guy doing arrangements for our Stage Band in 11th grade fer instance. The turkey took up trumpet since then as well and sounds better than I ever did on it!
Hopefully it’ll give you the ammunition you’re looking for.
Slow part of the sax solo on “Us and Them” on Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd)
This all sounds like great stuff, everyone! Thanks for your input so far...
Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty is a good one.
“Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty
“Wild Weekend” by Tom Shannon
“Yep!” by Duane Eddy (Steve Douglas - saxophone)
Audioholics discusses the best rock saxophone solos ever:
Sax kicks in at 2:23. Steve Norman.
Live alto work at 2:55 and 3:54.
Bobby Keyes (on numersous Rolling Stones songs and others), and Clarence Clemons from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.
Glenn Fry, “You belong to the city” - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Belong_to_the_City
Wow! Gotta have more Gato!
Aja by Steely Dan as mentions in that link with Wayne Shorter. The sax and drums (Steve Gadd) on that are incredible. Fagen and Becker (Steeley Dan) are inane perfectionists but Steve Gadd supposedly played it in one take. Incredible.
"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.
Grover Washington Jr.
Ah, I didn't know you would be linking to "What Does It Take" by Jr. Walker & the All-Stars when I wrote my post 29. GMTA!
Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take 5
Wow—I did not know that. Interesting backstory!
Dont let that Grover Washington clip put you off to exploring his music. The sound was dragging on the tape.
No solo but they get some camera time:
Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’ (Hanson)
I'm still listening to it. LOL! My favorite song of all time.
Is it an alto or a tenor sax? (I doubt it’s a soprano or baritone.) Tons of great players on each.
Tenor suggestions include John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, alto players - Charlie Parker, Phil Woods, Paul Desmond, etc., etc..
The greatest sax solo ever can be found on Duke Ellington’s “Diminuendo and Cresendo” from “Live at the ‘56 Newport Jazz festival”. What was supposed to be a two bar sax interlude turns into a 20 minute purely improvosational sax solo that just COOKS. It added 20 years to Ellington’s career which was essentially over until this magic night. The sax player in question was Paul Gonsalves.
Bobby Keyes discography here...
Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’ is one of my faves. Nice live version here...
The Blob 1958 opening tune
Yeah - if you search around on the net you will find it, the other players confirmed it. The session players they used are fantastic. Steve Gadd supposedly read the chart, put on the headphones, played the track and was done in one take. I can think of a dozen great drummers but this track is one of the best.
I doubt anyone on a Steeley Dan track did anything in one take.
From the Rock and Pop arena:
Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF5dtePX5Jk
Paul Simon - Still Crazy After All These Years http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ksa4VjKE3RY
Glenn Frey - I found Somebody - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v2GtfhSGjE
Glenn Frey - You Belong to the City - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4ueaD22hg8
You might also look at some of bands that were part of the “Swing Revival” scene of the late 1990’s (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, etc) or the various ska bands out there. Some of those tunes have themes or lyrics that might not be appropriate for a 10 year old, though.
Hope this helps a bit!
In the Rock genre, some Supertramp and Pink Floyd songs use a saxophone to nice effect.
King Curtis, Red Sears
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