Five On Friday - More Saxophone!

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, April 22, 2011

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I was listening to a lot of music on my rides back and forth to NOLA (about 5.5 hours each way). On XM Radio both BB King's Bluesville and Classic Vinyl channels and off my iTouch.I also listened to three episodes of Jay & Matt's Comedy Joint I'm With Stupid, but that has nothing to do with this set of music!

The rallying cry from a Saturday Night skit starring Christopher Walken called for MORE COWBELL!  Well for this music lover, the cry is MORE SAXOPHONE!

Saxophone is so prevalent in rock music...these are some of my favorite examples. Some have heavy sax presence. On others the sax is used minimally, but without it, think how different these songs would have been.

1. "Rosalita" - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle. Simple. Clarence Clemmons is one of the best sax players in the rock genre. Rosalita happens to be my favorite Springsteen there ya go!

2. "Walk On The Wild Side" - Lou Reed - Transformer. It was produced by David Bowie. The saxophone solo played over the fadeout of the song was performed by Ronnie Ross, who had previously taught David Bowie to play the saxophone during Bowie's childhood. Reed also used strings on this. Innovative for 1972.

3. "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" - Billy Joel - The Stranger. The song is composed in three parts, three individual songs which are fused together. In an interview, Joel cites the second side of The Beatles album Abbey Road as one of the main influences behind it. The song starts with a gentle melodic piano ballad, which sets the scene of two old classmates in an Italian restaurant, moving on to a triumphant and uptempo jazz-influenced piece in the middle, with a clarinet and saxophone solo, which then segues into a rock and roll section (which Joel refers to as "The Ballad of Brenda and Eddie").

4. "Brown Sugar" - Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers. The wonderful Bobby Keys on saxophone for this one. Keys has played on albums by The Who, Harry Nilsson, Delaney Bramlett, The Rolling Stones, George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen. He was also the main sax player for the Stones, playing on every album from 1969 until 1974, and from 1980 to present, and performing on all Stones tours since 1970 except for the 1981 US Tour.

5. "Low Spark Of High Heel Boys" - Traffic - Low Spark Of High Heel Boys. Steve Winwood (vocals/keyboards); Chris Wood (Tenor saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Keyboards); Jim Capaldi (drums); Ric Grech (bass); Jim Gordon (drums); Rebop Kwaku BaahHad (percussionist).  I left it for last as it is a long song. This version is about 11 minutes, and a classic rock song.  This band was so far ahead of their time. Check it out, some great sax throughout.



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6 Of Your Sparks

  1. Mike Golch Says:
  2. It has been a while since I have heard Take a walk on the wide side.Thanks for putting in this set.

  3. Unknown Says:
  4. Such an audio feast!!

  5. Linda Says:
  6. It's hard to get enough saxophone but these are some great choices!

    Of course now I'll have "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" stuck in my head for awhile but that's okay!

  7. Echoing "Walk On The Wild Side" it has been too long since hearing such a great song. My 50th HS reunion is this month. I'll be missing it despite the catching up on Waving Brenda and Eddy goodbye.

  8. Travis Cody Says:
  9. So how weird is it that 3 of these 5 tracks played on my Ipod today? I heard Walk on the Wild side and Brown Sugar this morning, and Rosalita this afternoon.


  10. TopChamp Says:
  11. I love waily sop sax in classical music. It can be so beautiful!


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