The saxophone is a beautiful and versatile instrument that is used in a wide variety of musical genres. In the past, famous jazz saxophonists like Stan Getz and Lester Young dominated the music scene, but in the intervening years, the saxophone has worked its way into rock, hip-hop, and even country. Perhaps this is why the instrument remains a popular one; the tones allow a musician to explore a wide variety of music styles. I am a multi-instrumentalist. They are a collection of some of my favorites as well as some of the favorites of some of the saxophonists that I interviewed for this blog post. This instrument, which was invented by Adolphe Sax, was initially a hybrid of the clarinet and the brass instrument. For this reason, modern music relies heavily on the unique sound profile of the instrument. Jazz Saxophone — So, where did the jazz saxophone have its roots?
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Sax will always be present in jazz, but also provides serious punch in Ska type bands like Sinas, etc. I agreed with Quarterflash. The sax was played by lead singer Rindy Ross. I just remembered there was another Glen Frey hit with a great sax part. I believe it was called "The One You Love.
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For this list let's rank the best saxophone songs of the '80s, from smooth jazz hits to pop singles. Remember the hit "Smooth Operator" by Sade? The lyrics tell the story of a slick, jet-setting man who may or may not be a pimp. The origin to the lyrics are actually slightly frightening, as lead singer Colin Hay used to live next door to a drug dealer whose clients would often knock on Hay's door by mistake. Another great '80s sax song is of course "Careless Whisper" by George Michael, where the saxophone is literally the best part of the track. What's your favorite song from the s that features a saxophone part? Vote up your favorites below, and add your favorite saxy songs to the list if they're not already here! Albums: Make It Big. Composer: George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley.
If you're even a casual fan of '80s music, you're more than familiar with the rising use of saxophone in pop and rock music during that decade. It's hard to say exactly why the sax solo became so popular and yet so offputting during this period, but maybe a kitchen-sink approach to production helped drown out selectivity in the decade's often busy arrangements. Even so, there are certainly examples like the following where the saxophone is used wisely and even perhaps tastefully during the '80s, especially in the genres of mainstream rock, arena rock , and soft rock.