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    Quote Originally Posted by MLucky View Post
    Last night I happened across a video of the Rolling Stones playing some gigantic stadium somewhere, and towards the end of the song I noticed ... hey, they have a horn section! You could see 'em back in the corner in the dark, and it looked like they were moving their fingers and blowing. Couldn't hear a thing they played, though, so I wound up wondering why anybody bothered.
    That's the usual scenario. WTF do you need horns for on stupid Rolling Stones tunes. They all sound the same. I did a gig a while back playing all the tunes from the Some Girls album. Every song; bad guitar intro riff, some unintelligible lyrics, bad guitar solo, more mumbling, guitar wanking fade out.
    But I'd love to be making the money they're making for not being heard.
    It could be worse, Van Morrison horn parts.

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    It could be worse, Van Morrison horn parts.
    when i was in high school, the father of a guy i played with sometimes was turning 50 and hired a group of us to back him up so he could sing some van morrison covers at his birthday party. i did have some fun with it, it was a novelty for me at the time! but it somehow did not inspire a lifelong love for van morrison.

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    I Love it, but I know I'm in a rare group. It's a 9pc classic R&B, Soul, and Funk band with a 3pc section, and the songs are almost all horn intensive. The only complaint is from the trumpet player who thinks the horns play too much. We share one side of the stage with the keys and about 65% of the solos are sax. The bone and trumpet player don't really care to solo - and I'm not sure why, but I pretty much have to force the other guys into taking a solo - and our guitars are really good - they probably should be doing more. I recently had to skip some gigs because of injury, and the sub saxophonist was ecstatic at how much he got to play.

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    I quit the Steely Dan tribute band I was playing with for similar reasons. I sub for them every so often and the funk band I still play with does a few Dan tunes but never more than 2-3 a night. Covey did a nice job on the charts from a listener's perspective but man are they boring to play. The first sax book at least has several solos but the second sax parts that I had are mostly whole and half notes. If you can get through the first 1/2 of Rubank Elementary Method for Sax you could play most of these charts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fader View Post
    I Love it, but I know I'm in a rare group. It's a 9pc classic R&B, Soul, and Funk band with a 3pc section, and the songs are almost all horn intensive. The only complaint is from the trumpet player who thinks the horns play too much.
    Ha!! I have been in the similar situation, playing in a funk/soul/R&B thing with me (sax, alto/tenor) and a trumpet. The trumpet player (regular or fill in) would whine because they have to work, sometimes hard. That's the nature of the music.
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    In a word, no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr G View Post
    ....I recently heard Progger in concert, a group led by SotW member HeavyWeather77 - yes, the saxophone player is the leader. This whole band is talented - including the guitarists.

    Give 'em a listen:

    That was great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harmonizerNJ View Post
    That was great!
    Isn't it?! I was fortunate to hear them live a couple weeks ago. Wonderful compositions - high level of musicianship all 'round.

    Kudos to Progger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fader View Post
    I Love it, but I know I'm in a rare group. It's a 9pc classic R&B, Soul, and Funk band with a 3pc section, and the songs are almost all horn intensive. ..
    The situation you describe is entirely different from what A Greene described in his OP. I'd thoroughly enjoy playing in the band situation you are in, Fader, but not in what was described in the OP. So to answer the question, we're back to 'it depends.'

    And just for the record, I love the sound an electric guitar in the hands of a good musician. And I enjoy playing with a guitarist who knows what they are doing. It's really more a matter of musical ability than the instrument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL View Post
    The situation you describe is entirely different from what A Greene described in his OP. I'd thoroughly enjoy playing in the band situation you are in, Fader, but not in what was described in the OP. So to answer the question, we're back to 'it depends.'

    And just for the record, I love the sound an electric guitar in the hands of a good musician. And I enjoy playing with a guitarist who knows what they are doing. It's really more a matter of musical ability than the instrument.
    Indeed - It's a joy working with a good guitarist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fader View Post
    Indeed - It's a joy working with a good guitarist.
    There is a guitarist (Richard Niles) at the Tuesday night jam I go to who went to Berklee with Pat Metheny.
    He really helps everything groove and plays wicked solos.

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    I enjoy it if everybody hears one in the same place. I worked with a really great trumpet player last year but I have played in some very shaky sections live

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