Did he play the saxaphone?

The most beautiful saxophone solos of all time

George Michael: Careless Whisper

This song catches the listener right at the beginning with the wonderfully soft, melodic sound of the saxophone. Originally, the jazz musician Steve Gregory played this solo, on George Michael's 2008 tour, the "Careless Whisper Tour", Andy Hamilton enchants the audience.

Gerry Rafferty: Baker Street

A Moog synthesizer plays the first 12 bars of the song - and then the saxophone kicks in. Gerry Rafferty also relied on the unmistakably distinctive sound of this instrument in 1978 - his saxophonist Raphael Ravenscroft received just £ 27 for his iconic solo - and it wasn't even covered at first! For comparison: Rafferty collected 80,000 pounds a year in license fees for "Baker Street".

And: no, the title "Baker Street in this case has nothing to do with the address of Sherlock Holmes' London apartment. Rather, the title is a reminder of the time after Gerry Rafferty broke up with his band Stealers Wheel. It was already working." on his first solo LP, but because of the legal disputes he always had to commute by train between Glasgow and London, where he often stayed in a friend's apartment near Baker Street and played music all night. which is about alienation and hope for a better future.

Kate Bush: Saxophone Song

Kate Bush not only used the saxophone as a solo instrument, but also wrote a whole song about the saxophone - one of her earliest compositions, by the way, later published on the album "The Kick Inside". She herself says: "I wrote 'Saxophone Song' because the saxophone is a truly incredible instrument for me."

"For me, a beautiful saxophone is like a person, sensually luminous, in the form of an instrument." Kate Bush finds the perfect place for the saxophone in the lyrics of "Saxophone Song" in a smoky bar in Berlin: "I'm alone in a corner, and the rays of light that the saxophone reflects fall on me". Alan Skidmore is the saxophonist who musically creates this atmosphere, a Kate Bush fan implemented this wonderfully in his video.

Al Stewart: Year of the Cat

A collection of saxophone solos wouldn't be complete without Al Stewart's 1976 song "Year of the Cat". When SWR1 listeners call and - because they have forgotten the title - want "this song with the saxophone", then we know which song is most likely. This saxophone solo is so well known and loved. The song was almost called "Foot of the stage" or "Horse of the year", but that's another story that you can read HERE ...

Supertramp: Logical Song

The saxophone can be found again and again in the music of Supertramp. On their 1979 album "Breakfast in America" ​​they used it perfectly in "Logical Song" - and with it they had their greatest chart success in the USA and their home country England. Paul McCartney once called "Logical Song" his "favorite song from that time". John Helliwell plays the iconic solo.

Tina Turner: Private Dancer

Actually, Mark Knopfler wrote this song for Dire Straits, but thought it should be sung by a woman. With Tina Turner he was in good hands and became, together with her album of the same name, one of the biggest hits of her career and her big comeback.

The song is the story of a prostitute (or a stripper, the lyrics don't make that clear) who "dances" for money and describes how empty she feels inside. And as always, when it comes to the subject of feelings or even "sex", the sonic relationship to "Sax" is not far and the saxophone takes on a leading role. Like in this video, in which Timmy Cappello gives the song a completely different dimension through his saxophone playing and his role on stage.

Dave Brubeck Quartet: Take Five

The best-selling jazz single of all time and the most famous saxophone melody in music history: that is "Take Five", composed and played by Paul Desmond. His saxophone sound is described as light and airy, no other musician has ever managed to imitate him. In 1959 the piece appeared on Dave Brubeck's album "Time Out" - already in stereo, recorded by sound engineer Fred Plaut from Munich. The original pressings of the album are traded at the highest prices today and enjoy cult status among hi-fi fans because of their excellent recording quality, which is still competitive today.

The Stranglers: Golden Brown. Golden Brown ???

What does the Stranglers' biggest hit have to do with a saxophone and Dave Brubeck? A harpsichord plays the main musical role!

The solution: A wonderfully winking homage by Laurence Mason to Paul Desmond and the Stranglers keyboardist Dave Greenfield, who died of Covid19. You should at least have a look at the Dave Brubeck video of "Take Five" above.

British musician Laurence Mason takes the footage from this video and replaces the music with his own saxophone version of the Stranglers hit "Golden Brown". Sounds like and looks like the Dave Brubeck Quartet wrote and played this song back in the 60s - of course not true. What a great spoof from Laurence Mason!