JazzWax List: 8 Pop Sax Solos - JazzWax

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December 16, 2010


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Michael Brecker / Paul Simon - "Still Crazy After All These Years"

Pete Christlieb / Steely Dan - "Deacon Blues"

Allen Lowe

Curtis Amy, Touch Me Babe, the Doors (IIRC)

Keith Hedger

Ronnie Ross - Lou Reed - 'Walk on the Wild Side'


Dan Holmes

Stan Getz - Huey Lewis - "Small World, Pt. 2"


Gerald Albright on Patrice Rushen's "Forget Me Nots."

Bill Kirchner

Gregory Herbert--Bunny Sigler--"Don't Even Try";
Fred Lipsius--Blood, Sweat & Tears--"God Bless the Child"

Jan Stevens

Phil Woods - "Doctor Wu" (Steely Dan)

Joel Lewis

Tom Scott -- "Jazzman" -- carole King

Bobby Keys -- "Brown Sugar" -- Rolling Stones

Marc A. Freeman

Zoot Sims - "Poetry Man" (Phoebe Snow)
Fred Lipsius - "Lisa Listen to Me" (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
David Sanborn - "Sweet Disposition" (Phoebe Snow)

Ray Tindell

Charles DeChant, beautiful tenor solo on "One on One" Hall & Oates

Paulo Moreira

Cornelius Bumpus - "Florida Room" - (Donald Fagen)
Chris Potter - "West of Hollywood" - (Steely Dan)
Michael Brecker - "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" - (James Taylor)

Jon Foley

Phil Woods on Aretha Franklin's "Somewhere," with a great Quincy Jones chart.

C Fine

David Bowie on Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side"

John Herr

Phil Kenzie (whoever he is, some Brit session man probably) with the alto break(s) on Al Stewart's hauntingly atmospheric platinum '77 "Year of the Cat". One of those tunes you can't get out of yr head.

tom cheek

Jim Pepper on "Spooky" is one of my all time favorites. He made $50 bucks for that great solo.

Dave James

Sam "The Man" Taylor authored the sax solo on Buddy Holly's gorgeous '50's ballad, True Love Ways. That one gives me goose bumps every time I hear it.


Dozens of tunes by The English Beat--e.g., "Save It For Later." (Sorry, I don't have the saxophonist's name at hand.)

Greg Lee

Gotta second the motion for Curtis Amy on the Doors' track....and I'll add Tom Scott who plays all over Joni Mitchell's COURT & SPARK.


War, "Low Rider": there is a fantastic alto saxophone solo near the end

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