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    The other day my friends wondered why there aren't saxes in rock music. I was astonished and said, "Of course there are!" They didn't believe me so I want you guys to put as many rock and roll songs you can think of that have saxes in it. Preferably songs or bands that are more modern. Hopefully we will be able to prove to anyone who thinks that saxophones aren't in rock music wrong.

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    Keep on Rocking in the Free World.

    Oh.... Modern...... 80's doesn't count as modern does it?

    Lenny Kravitz. Dancing til Dawn. But that's R/B.
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    Hmmm, recent eh? How about Kenny G and David Sanborn "Pick Up the Pieces."
    "Zoot" would a good name for a kid...

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    rock and roll girls - john fogerty, money - pink floyd, anything by george thorogood bluesy but he rocks

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrvinson45 View Post
    Hmmm, recent eh? How about Kenny G and David Sanborn "Pick Up the Pieces."
    Actually, I was thinking more of songs that have saxophones in it instead of them being only sax.

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    It depends on what your definition of rock music is. If by "rock" you mean the deafening, head-banging, pounding, jack-hammer heavy metal noise that I've heard from time to time in rehearsal studios, then no self-respecting sax player would want anything to do with it. If you mean old school rock & roll or blues, then there are plenty of sax players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL View Post
    It depends on what your definition of rock music is. If by "rock" you mean the deafening, head-banging, pounding, jack-hammer heavy metal noise that I've heard from time to time in rehearsal studios, then no self-respecting sax player would want anything to do with it. If you mean old school rock & roll or blues, then there are plenty of sax players.
    Really, anything you can think of. If that means deafening, meaningless music, then go ahead; post away.

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    loads really, the seventys and eighties was full of horn, solos ,riffs etc,
    ... the stones honky tonk woman, brown sugar, david bowie,rafferty, paul simon,steely dan,AW..band,dire straits,spandau ballet,....the list goes on and on..
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Saxonator View Post
    They didn't believe me so I want you guys to put as many rock and roll songs you can think of that have saxes in it. Hopefully we will be able to prove to anyone who thinks that saxophones aren't in rock music wrong.
    Your request sounds awfully demanding. You don't need to prove me wrong, I know saxes exist in rock music. Use the search engine, there is a thread titled "rock and roll sax." Prove your friends wrong with that and quit trying to order us around with your vague request.

    OK sorry, that was pretty mean, but really what genre within rock and roll are you talking about? How recent? Give some details, man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finnerski View Post
    but really what genre within rock and roll are you talking about? How recent? Give some details, man!
    Exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrvinson45 View Post
    Hmmm, recent eh? How about Kenny G and David Sanborn "Pick Up the Pieces."
    Candy Dulfer did "Pick uo the Pieces" as well. Man she is hot! She plays really well too .
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    "My Party" - 2008 by Ween, really nice soprano. Got heaps of Indie airplay

    "Jackie Cooper" - 2008 by little red, solo by Wilbur Wilde - Australian Sax legend

    Anything by "The Cat Empire"

    Arcade fire also use lots of weird horns, no sax though
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    Actually, this is a really good point..If you listen to the satellite channels for "new" rock (underground garage and left of center) as well as the terrestrial radio stations that are more free form, you hear very little sax. It's mostly guitar driven, singer/songwriter, or sort of neuvo new wave synthesizers (The Killers, etc).

    Shame really...check out Jonas Smith, Beneath the Underdog...new music out of NYC with alot of sax melodies and solos. Not at all popular though
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL View Post
    It depends on what your definition of rock music is. If by "rock" you mean the deafening, head-banging, pounding, jack-hammer heavy metal noise that I've heard from time to time in rehearsal studios, then no self-respecting sax player would want anything to do with it.
    How bout John Zorn? Yes, he is an acquired taste, but he does fit with the style of music. Some of his playing is actually quite technical. Todd Foreman did some pretty heavy music while he was with Sublime too.

    As far as "modern bands", or bands that have recently toured;

    Leroi Moore --> Dave Matthews Band, Phish, John Mayer, Carlos Santana, Robert Randolph and the Family Band

    Jeff Coffin --> Dave Matthews Band, Van Morrison, Carl Denson's Tiny Universe

    Dick Parry --> Pink Floyd (Money, Us and Them, Shine on Crazy Diamonds)

    Clarence Clemmons --> Springstein

    Jerry DePizzo --> O.A.R.

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    If you want to hear some new rock/blues sax from a new band, check this out.
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    Pretty much any rock song I play suddenly seems to have sax in it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fader View Post
    Pretty much any rock song I play suddenly seems to have sax in it
    Outstanding point!

    Take any rock song you like and make it your own "sax" rock song. Heck, we've been doing it for years how nice of Fader to wake us up here... Good man!
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