FAMOUS SAXOPHONE SOLOS & RIFFS (PART I – The 70s)
Walk On The Wild Side (1972)
Saxophonist: RONNIE ROSS
It might not have been a bg hit, but what makes this song interesting nonetheless is that the (in 1933 born) British saxophonist Ronnie Ross plays his solo on baritone sax, a saxophone less common for Pop music.
Saxophonist: DICK PARRY
Dick Parry is a in 1942 in Engeland born saxophonist. He played – besides on “Money” – also on several other tracks by Pink Floyd, like: “Us and Them“, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” en “Wearing the Inside Out“. He also worked with other famous musicians, like Jimmy Witherspoon, the band Bloodstone e.a.
Born To Run (1975)
Saxophonist: CLARENCE CLEMONS
Clarence Anicholas Clemons jr. (1942 – 2011) was an American saxophonist en actor. Clemons was a key-member of the E Street Band (de band of Bruce Springsteen) and has worked with various famous artists, like Aretha Franklin (see part 2), Grateful Dead, Ringo Starr, Roy Orbison en Lady Gaga (see part 4).
Young Americans (1975)
How Sweet It Is (1975)#1 (US Adult Contemporary Chart), #5 (US Billboard Hot 100)
Saxophonist: DAVID SANBORN
David Sanborn (born in 1945 in America), known for his characteristic sound and “Jazzrock” albums, has worked with various Pop artists.
David Sanborn did not only play with the here mentioned David Bowie and James Taylor, but also with: Stevie Wonder (on “Talking book” 1972), Elton John (“Boogie Pilgrim” and “Idol”, 1976), The Eagles (“The Sad Cafe”, 1979), Billy Joel (“Easy Money”, 1983), The Rolling Stones (“Undercover”, 1983) and many others. He was 5 years a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
Sanborn has received 3 Grammy Awards (2 albums, 1 single).
Just The Way You Are (1977)
Saxophonist: PHIL WOODS
Phil Wells Woods (1931 – 2015) was an American Jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist. He worked with many big names from the Jazz scene: Donald Byrd, Kenny Dorham, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie Big Band and others.
Baker Street (1978)
Saxophonist: RAPHAEL RAVENSCROFT
Raphael Ravenscroft (an in 1954 born Brit) has – besides his solo on “Baker Street” – worked with many famous musicians and bands, such as: Pink Floyd (“The Final Cut“), ABBA, Marvin Gaye, Mike Oldfield, Chris Rea, Vangelis, Robert Plant, Tina Turner, Bonnie Tyler, and others.
Too Hot (1979)
After The Love Has Gone (1979)
Saxophonist: DON MYRICK
The in 1940 in America born Don Myrick played soprano, alto and tenor sax with various know artists, like: Santana, Grover Washington jr. and Phil Collins (see part 2). At the age of 53 (1993) he was accidentally shot by a police officer.
The Logical Song (1979)
Saxophonist: JOHN HELLIWELL
John Anthony Helliwell (born in 1945) is a Britsh saxophonist (and clarinetist), mostly known for his memberschip of Supertramp.
Street Life (1979)
Saxophonist: WILTON FELDER
Wilton Lewis Felder (1940 – 2015) was an American saxophonist and bassist. Wilton Felder played with: The Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye, Grant Green, Billy Joel, Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell, Michael Franks, Bobby Womack, e.a.