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Best Saxophone Song Ever
« on: February 24, 2018, 12:24:50 am »
One of those late night driving things.  I'll vote for Hazel O'Connor and Will You? I reckon it is way much better than Baker Street. There maybe others as well to consider.  As ever grateful for views. I just love her voice.

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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2018, 09:56:52 am »
Yeah - it’s an amazing song and the one I’d have suggested first! Instead, I’ll suggest almost anthing by X-Ray Spex.....

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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2018, 10:30:46 am »
I was lucky enough to be stood right in front of Wesley McGoogan when he played the sax solo on Will You at the Phoenix Building (later Nelson Mandella building) in Sheffield in 1980. Very memorable.

I've seen her since then but most of her more recent tours have been her complaining about how badly the music industry treated her over the Breaking Glass tour.

Another classic is 'Lily Was Here' by Dave Stuart and Candy Dulfer.



Pink Floyd's Shine On You Crazy Diamond' is another classic.



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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2018, 10:53:42 am »
Still bloody excellent. Make your own minds up.  ;D

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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2018, 10:55:01 am »
Candy Dulfer? Pink Floyd?

Here are just a few of the great jazz saxophonists whose music is simply on another level. Charlie Parker. John Coltrane. Cannonball Adderley. Booker Ervin. Sonny Stitt. Stan Getz.

And a contemporary heir to their incredible legacy: Kamasi Washington, seen here at Glastonbury in 2016:




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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2018, 10:17:02 am »
I'm kinda with Prahja on this one.

Some people say that X Ray Spec was an early fusion of punk meets jazz, others that you can't add a badly played saxophone to a racket and call it music, but I say oh bondage up yours..... 


Raw version or

2008 live version performed with her daughter.  RIP Poly



Punk spits down the end of your saxophone solos..  ;D

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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2018, 10:46:54 am »
Anything by the late Matthew Coe (aka Xero Slingsby). Very active caver and digger; was one of the Skipton-based Coe family, several of whom were involved in caving; Randy Coe was co-editor of the first Northern Caves guide and Pete Coe (Matthew's father) did some of the very early cave diving in the Dales. Matthew was one heck of a character, the likes of which some younger folk probably just wouldn't believe these days.

Try this (note the Skipton accent):



and here's some information about him:

http://www.solomonrobson.com/xintro-new-writing.htm

https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?116642-Does-anyone-remember-Xero-Slingsby-(UK)

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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2018, 11:35:51 am »
I'm quite partial to a bit of Eddie Harris. Listen Here! is a good one.

Jazz musicians are sometimes overly concerned with playing "outside" (and congratulating themselves on their funny scale over imaginary chord subsititutions) and forget tuneful and thoughtful improvisation. Eddie Harris was pretty good at this. I find people like John Coltrane a noise like shrieking lorry brakes.



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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2018, 12:57:52 pm »
Probably doesn't count since it's not really a song, but rather a musical piece, but I find Amy Dickson's playing sublime and captivating.


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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2018, 01:35:44 pm »
I find people like John Coltrane a noise like shrieking lorry brakes.
Go and give a copy of 'Trane's "Ballads" a listen. Or his work on Miles Davis' "Kind Of Blue". Shrieking lorry brakes it most certainly is not.
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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2018, 02:32:30 pm »
I find people like John Coltrane a noise like shrieking lorry brakes.
Indeed. Wonderful wonderful stuff.  :thumbsup:

I'm not certain whether the Lost Boys performance ever made it to record so I'll go for Ornette Coleman's Lonely Woman. A relatively obvious choice but I think one of the most evocative tracks ever recorded.

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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2018, 04:46:47 pm »
Not content with playing 1 saxophone, Davey Payne manages 2 at the same time with this one.



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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2018, 05:20:13 pm »
Hazel O'Connor - 'Will You' for me as well. Classic film of the era.

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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2018, 06:47:25 pm »
Mark you may just have it there with Ian Dury, but what about madness...



I'm loving these tunes..

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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2018, 06:53:20 pm »
Bowie - modern love?


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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2018, 07:00:31 pm »
Bruce Almighty?


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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #16 on: February 25, 2018, 07:02:43 pm »
From Bladerunner,



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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #17 on: February 25, 2018, 07:15:11 pm »
Remember Sade - Smooth Operator - smooth... 


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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #18 on: February 25, 2018, 07:46:45 pm »
I love Sade, but what about The Waterboys. We are showing our ages now.



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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #19 on: February 25, 2018, 07:51:22 pm »
And another,



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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #20 on: February 25, 2018, 08:45:06 pm »
Not content with playing 1 saxophone, Davey Payne manages 2 at the same time with this one.

He pinched that trick off David Jackson of Van Der Graaf Generator...
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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #21 on: February 25, 2018, 09:15:19 pm »
Waterboys Red Army Blues, now that is an epic. Stolen Child is one of my faves.
According to the video if we learn to play 'Baggy Trousers' on saxophone we can remove the need of a croll (either normal or rope shreddy) to ascend pitches....  :)

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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #22 on: February 25, 2018, 09:21:04 pm »
I don't like sax, but i like this guy...
The end is where we start....

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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #23 on: February 25, 2018, 09:45:52 pm »
Probably doesn't count since it's not really a song, but rather a musical piece, but I find Amy Dickson's playing sublime and captivating.



 :clap2:  That is brilliant.

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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #24 on: February 25, 2018, 10:18:50 pm »
Here's a video of Matthew Coe busking - there's a fleeting glimpse of some photographs of him caving:

ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BoCIs6k12o


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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #25 on: February 25, 2018, 11:24:58 pm »
I find people like John Coltrane a noise like shrieking lorry brakes.
Go and give a copy of 'Trane's "Ballads" a listen. Or his work on Miles Davis' "Kind Of Blue". Shrieking lorry brakes it most certainly is not.

Yep. I'm familar with those, but something made me think of A Love Supreme and that is a row. I've played modern piano since I was about 16 (classical before) and although I am a bit rusty these days, I see things through the piano eye. Sax players are like candles on the cake, it's the cake that matters and the most important bit is the chord instrument IMO  :lol: I like a bit of Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock. I am very very partial to a bit of rhodes piano with a progressive fusion band. Chick Corea, etc.

I haven't really listened to things like Ornette Coleman, purely because there are no keys. Cecil Taylor.....that's a different matter.

Progressive jazz apart, a good tune with a (tenor) sax has got to have a bit of organ behind it. Preferably with an organ bassline and a dirty leslie speaker as well. :D

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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #26 on: February 26, 2018, 12:42:43 am »
Followed up by one of the most prophetic songs ever: This was done in 1980, makes you think.

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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #27 on: February 28, 2018, 10:11:51 pm »
Loved em Rob, more...


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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #28 on: March 01, 2018, 11:20:23 am »
Not content with playing 1 saxophone, Davey Payne manages 2 at the same time with this one.

He pinched that trick off David Jackson of Van Der Graaf Generator...

...who pinched it from Rahsaan Roland Kirk, who regularly managed to cram three in his mouth...

http://wclk.com/post/steve-turre-salutes-rahsaan-roland-kirk-jazz-night-america-sunday-7pm

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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #29 on: March 01, 2018, 03:41:13 pm »
Eddie Harris was a bit of a trailblazer with his "wrong mouthpieces". Particularly trombone on tenor sax. His 70s funk stuff is quite good.

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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #30 on: March 01, 2018, 10:53:46 pm »
We also have one of the best: Geno by Dexy's Midnight Runners.


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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #31 on: March 02, 2018, 09:02:11 am »
There is some nice sax playing by the late Dick Heckstall-Smith on Colosseum's Valentyne Suite.

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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #32 on: March 02, 2018, 11:05:23 pm »


the pictures are a bit odd but
Jan Garbarek is superb...

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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #33 on: March 03, 2018, 09:35:45 am »
Forgotten about him but he is good too.

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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #34 on: March 05, 2018, 09:42:15 am »
Dick Heckstall-Smith was a superb musician, and also my saxophone teacher. A lovely, generous man whose day job was lecturing at the LSE. He often used to play gigs with his fellow tenor player Art Themen, who during the day was neurologist. I got Dick to teach me  when I was 15 (I already played the clarinet and very basic sax) after attending a gig they did at the Seven Dials club in Covent Garden. The paint was blistering off the walls that night, and afterwards, I approached Dick and said, excuse me, that was amazing, do you give lessons by any chance? He did and I was round at his apartment the following week. As an opening exercise he got me to learn how to play the Charlie Parker theme Donna Lee. Not easy! 

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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #35 on: March 05, 2018, 02:16:51 pm »
Another Dick worth a listen is Dick Morrissey. If.
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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #36 on: June 28, 2018, 02:39:11 am »
Didn't realise at the time, but here's Klaus Doldinger  - of Das Boot fame.


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Re: Best Saxophone Song Ever
« Reply #37 on: September 06, 2019, 11:03:38 pm »
Resurrection of an elder thread...
Bat for Lashes (essentially Natasha Khan) have knocked it out the park with this one. Utterly brilliant. Hopefully a proper video will come later.
HMV had sold out so I'll have to get the vinyl later.