Hopefully this thread hasn't already been started... I apologize in advance if it has.
Just curious as to what some of your favorite pop sax solos have been. Not instrumental songs, but actual mainstream pop.
Some of my favourite are:-
Hazel O'Connor - Will You - Wesley Magoogan - alto.
Sharon O'Neill (NZ artist based in Sydney) - Maxine - Tom Scott - alto.
Supertramp - The Logical Song - John Helliwell - alto.
David Bowie - Youing Americans album - all the tracks David Sanborn plays on...
Billy Joel - Just The Way You Are - Phil Woods - alto.
Deacon Blues - Steely Dan - Pete Christlieb- tenor.
The Heat is On - Glen Frey - Dave 'Woody' Woodford - tenor...
Just off the top of my head - there's a truck load more...
And more there is -
Robert Plant - Pledge Pin (Pictures At Eleven) - Raf Ravenscroft - alto (?).
Alan Parsons Project - Old And Wise - Mel Collins - alto (?)
Icehouse - Don't Believe Anymore - Joe Camilleri - tenor.
Cold Chisel - My Baby - Joe Camilleri (again!?) - alto (?)
Still thinking - could go on for ever...
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As in the recent thread:
James Taylor - Don't let Me Be Lonely Tonight- Michael Brecker - Tenor
Huey Lewis & The News - Heart of Rock & Roll (Johnny Colla), Small World (Stan Getz)
Dire Straits - Your Latest Trick (Michael Brecker)
Donald Fagen/Steely Dan - Maxine (Michael Brecker), Black Cow (Tom Scott)
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Michael Brecker on Candy by Cameo
My favorite: Sonny Rollins on Rolling Stones' Waiting For a Friend (just 'cause it's Sonny)
Selmer Mark VI tenor, Yamaha 82zUL tenor, Yamaha YAS62 alto, Yamaha YSS475 soprano, Cannonball Vintage Reborn soprano, Yamaha WX5 wind synthesizer, various blues harps (Mississippi saxes), ocarina, didgeridoo
Steely Dan: Don't forget Wayne Shorter on Aja!
Check out The History of Top 40 saxophone Solos, by John Laughter. There should be stuff on here if you search for it.
Personally I like the Wes Magoogan solo mentioned above and Edgar Winter on Tina Turner's Simply the Best, but also lots of hits by Jnr Walker.
Tom Scott on "Black Cow", 'Uncle' Phil on "Dr. Wu' and John 'Echoplex' Klemmer on "Caves of Altamira"
So much good stuff around...
Phil Kenzie on all those Al Stewart albums..."Year of the Cat" "Time Passages" etc.
Sting - Englishman In New York, Shadows in the Rain (both Branford Marsalis)
'Sister Moon' from Sting's "Nothing Like The Sun" album... same album as Englishman In New York ( a tribute to Quentin Crisp)
We're on a roll here...
Raf Ravenscroft on the "Gunners Dream" and "Two Suns In The Sunset" - Final Cut - Pink Floyd
Urgent. Best sax solo ever!!!
Tenor - '61 Mark VI w/Tenny Slant Tone Edge 7
Alto - '66 Mark VI/Meyer 6
Soprano - Yani S-900 w/Tenney Tone Edge 7
What!! You first learned what!!! It took me years to play that thing!!! It goes up to Ab4 on a Tenor... Though to practice it I play it on Alto as it was a Tenor line... great, great, great solo. The Solo. I never really liked others take of that song.
If occasionally somebody really lost around really needs that solo to be performed and no Tenor player available, I have done it on Alto but on the right key. Up to D#4 which is not that much. The phrasing and the timing, and the growl and the fluttering tongue... thats a different story.
Junior Walker later had that song at an album of his. Pretty cool, too.
And of course the most famous baritone sax solo on a pop tune...
Mr. Ronnie Ross on "Walk On The Wild Side" - Lou Reed - Transformer album.