Thursday, October 23, 2008

Daring Saxophone Solos #1*

*Now without grammatical errors.

A few days ago Annie and I were driving around and Black Cow, my 17th favorite song of all time, by one of the best-bands-I-get-made-fun-of-for-listening-to was on. Towards the end, we noticed the saxophone solo and most jokingly referred to it as daring.

But the question lingered, what is a daring saxophone solo? Is there such a thing? And how can a good solo, which is what Tom Scott most defiantly performs on Black Cow become daring? Which Tom Scott's solo is most defiantly not. And yes, all you have to do is type, "who plays the saxophone solo on Black Cow" in google and it will tell you, Tom Scott. Who by the way, according to wikipedia, also wrote the theme song to Starsky and Hutch, and played with my other favorite-band-I-get-made-fun-of-listening-too.

Anyway, here is the most daring saxophone solo of all time. Supposedly, he was going to solo for a minute or so, and saw a woman dancing on a table and just decided to keep on playing and playing and playing till he realized he a riot was about to break out. Supposedly, the crowd was so done up by his solo they started pushing and shoving to the likes of which Newport, Rhode Island had never seen. Supposedly, the promoter told Duke Ellington he had to go back and play a slow song to calm the people down so they wouldn't throw rocks through the rich folk's windows. Supposedly, this is all jazz lore.

Paul Gonsalves epic solo on Duke Ellington's - Diminuendo In Blue And Crescendo In Blue

Perhaps I'll start a series showcasing daring solos of different instruments. No Richard Davis


Blogger Joel said...

i thought you should see this if you hadn't already.

10/23/08, 6:31 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

"no richard davis"
daring indeed.

10/24/08, 11:30 AM  

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