A member of a family of metal wind instruments with a single-reed mouthpiece, used especially in jazz and dance music. (from Oxford)
5. Deacon Blues – Steely Dan : The sax on this track is very low-key throughout the whole song but it is still so powerful and helpful to the track that it is needed to be there. It’s underlying not prevalent but mystic in how it just plays along side the whole group. It gives the song that lovely jazz feeling that you just love to rock out to especially with Steely Dan. It helps egg the song on to give you more and it is done successfully, if you thought you knew the sax before this well your wrong because on this track it shines bright like a diamond.
4. All about you – Rolling Stone : Bobby Key’s plays the sax on this classic Stones track and it truly does add to the narrative of the story. It is light and airy and you can feel every emotion with every breath that is thrown into the saxophone. It helps the listeners to understand what Keith is singing and helps you to find out that it was really “all about you”.
3. Overkill – Men at Work : What a fantastic track if you want some power sax, the instrument is cutting on this track and is just so raw that you can’t not dance when you hear it jamming out. The sound of the horn comes to the rescue and helps to add balance to this men at work hit. The two are pin balling off of one another and you can tell because it is working so well. This is one of those songs you have to listen to many many times to understand what they are trying to do.
2. I confess – English Beat : Although the saxophone is only played for like a quarter of this song and yet it is still so beautiful and meaningful. It is used as a nice interlude to connect the two halves of this love song. The English Beat can do no wrong on this smashing hit and the saxophone just helps us to understand what it means not only to hurt others but also yourself.
1. Jungleland – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street band : On this class Romeo and Juliet love story type song we can’t help but listen to what is a story within it’s self and that is Clarence Clemons sax solo that is so powerful and raw. The solo finds us in the part of the song where we are climaxing and Clemons is masterful in the way that he tells a story by just using his sax. This is a ballad itself and just paves the way for Bruce to come in and kill the characters that he wrote. This is one of the best sax solos i’ve ever heard and it means more to you after you listen to it time after time.