FAMOUS SAXOPHONE SOLOS & RIFFS (PART II – The 80s)
Just the Two of Us (1980)
Saxophonist: GROVER WASHINGTON JR.
Grover Washington Jr. (1943 – 1999) was an American Jazzrock / Jazz-fusion / Funk / Soul saxophonist. He worked with many famous musicians an bands: Bob James, Steve Gadd, Marcus Miller, Patti Labelle, B.B. King, Tommy Flanagan, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, The Four Tops en Lalah Hathaway.
Who Can It Be Now? (1981)
Saxophonist: GREG HAM
Men At Work was an Australian pop band. In 1981 they released their first single: “Who can it be now?“. In 1982 “Who can it be now?” reched the number 1 chart position in America. In 1982 they received a Grammy for “Best new Artist“.
Greg Ham (1953 – 2012) was an Australian songwriter, actor en multi-instrumentalist (sax, flute, organ, piano & synthesizer) and is mostly known from his work with Men At Work.
Forget Me Nots (1982)
Saxophonist: GERALD ALBRIGHT
Gerald Albright (born in 1957) is an American Jazz saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. He worked with many famous bands and artists, such as: The Temptations, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Chaka Khan, Rachelle Ferrell and many others.
Waiting On A Friend (1982)
Saxophonist: SONNY ROLLINS
Born in 1930 in New York, Rollins is one of the most legendary and influential saxophonists that had a great impact on younger generation saxophonists. Hij started with piano, but switched via alto sax in 1946 over on tenor sax. In the 70s and 80s Sonny Rollins played – besides “mainstream Jazz” also R&B, Pop and Funk. It is during that period he worked with the Rolling Stones where he played on tracks as: “Slave“, “Neighbours” and “Waiting on a Friend“, all on the album “Tattoo You“.
Saxophonist: CHARLES DECHANT
Charles “Mr. Casual” DeChant is a Amerikacan multi-instrumentalist you can here on “Maneater” as well as in Hall & Oates’ tracks “One on One”, “Say It Isn’t So” (extended versie) and “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)”. DeChant did also work with: Mick Jagger, The Temptations, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Bonnie Raitt, and The Average White Band.
Saxophonist: STEVE NORMAN
Steven Antony Norman (born in 1960) is an English multi-instrumentalist. In the 80s he is member of Spandau Ballet, but in the 90s the band stops to exist. He emigrates to Ibiza where he works as percussionist en songwriter with various artists like: Ten City and DJ Frankie Knuckles.
Careless Whisper (1984)
Saxophonist: STEVE GREGORY
The catchy sax riff played by Brit Steve Gregory (born in Londen in 1945) is characteristic for this track. Steve plays besides alto sax (in Careless Whisper) also soprano, tenor en baritone saxophone.
Smooth Operator (1984)
Saxophonist: STUART MATTHEWMAN
Stuart Colin Matthewman (born in 1960) is a English songwriter, multi-instrumentalist en record producer.
Freeway Of Love (1985)
Unchain My Heart (1987)#27 (Top 40), #27 (NL Single Top 100), #17 (UK Singles OCC)
Saxophonist: CLARENCE CLEMONS
Clarence Anicholas Clemons jr. (1942 – 2011) was an American saxophonist and actor.
Clemons was a leading member of the E Street Band (de band of Bruce Springsteen – zie Deel 1). He worked with many artists and bands, like: Grateful Dead, Ringo Starr, Roy Orbison, Jackson Browne, Twisted Sister, and Lady Gaga (zie Deel 4).
When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going (1985)
Saxophonist: VERNON JEFFREY SMITH
Vernon Jeffrey Smith is an American saxophonist from New York. He worked with many different known artists, like: Daryl Hall (Hall and Oates), Corey Glover (Living Color), Paula Abdul, Heather Headley, Tamia and he is co-founder of the band The Family Stand.
We Don’t Need Another Hero (1985)
Saxophonist: TIM CAPPELLO
The in 1955 in America born Tim Capello is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and vocalist and got world fame due to his work with Tina Turner. He also worked with other known artists, such as Peter Gabriel, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan and others.
One More Night (1985)
Saxophonist: DON MYRICK
The in 1940 in Amerika born Don Myrick payed soprano, alto en tenor sax with Earth, Wind & Fire (zie deel 1), Grover Washington jr. and Santana. At the age of 53 (1993) he was accidentally shot by a police officer. Phil Collins released the track “For A Friend” in 1993 as tribute.
Your Latest Trick (1986)
Saxophonist: MICHAEL BRECKER
Michael Leonard Brecker (1949 – 2007) was an American Jazz saxofonist en composer. He played in famous Jazz bands, such as Brecker Brothers en Steps Ahead and worked with many famous Jazz musicians, such as: Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Chet Baker, Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius, McCoy Tyner, Pat Metheny, Elvin Jones, Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall and many more. He also worked with many know Pop musicians, like: Steely Dan / Donald Fagen, Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, John Lennon, Aerosmith, Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Daltrey (The Who), Parliament-Funkadelic, Al Jerreau, and many others.
Saxophonist: CHRIS WHITE
Chris White (born in 1955) is a English Jazzrock saxophonist. He was on tour with Dire Straits from 1985 to 1995. He also played with: Robbie Williams, Paul McCartney, Chris De Burgh, Tom Jones, Bryan Ferry and Mick Jagger.
Englishman In New York (1987)
Saxophonist: BRANFORD MARSALIS
Branford Marsalis (born in 1960 in Amerika) is mostly known in the Jazz scene, he played with: Art Blakey and Clark Terry. As Buckshot LeFonque (zie deel 3) he founded his own Jazz-Hop project. He also worked with Pop artists, such as Tina Turner (“Break Every Rule”, 1986) and Grateful Dead (“Without a Net”, 1990).
Never Tear Us Apart (1987)
Small World (1988)
Saxophonist: STAN GETZ
Stan Getz, (Stanley Gayetsky, 1927 – 1991) was an American tenor saxophonist, mostly remembered from is fusion between jazz and latin / bossa nova in the 60s, working together with Astrud Gilberto, João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jan Johansson and Charlie Byrd.