You say you haven’t heard a good Saxophone Solo in a long time. Not all of the following are Sax work, but being originally from New Orleans, I do appreciate some good horn work. One of the great things about New Orleans is street performances:

Another great piece from that same band is this one:

Growing up in New Orleans means that you learn to appreciate music of all kinds. I still have a special kind of love for all sorts of brass instrumentals. Maybe I will feature more of them in the future, as a reminder that this nation has a lot that is worth saving. There are a lot of talented people out there that we never hear from because the big labels don’t think it’s marketable.

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Mike Hendrix · August 16, 2023 at 11:08 am

HA! Good ol’ Royal Street, home of the hallowed R Bar & Inn, where I lived for a few months in the likewise-hallowed Charles Bukowski suite. I’m sure you’re familiar with the place, DM, and with the proprietors, Tom and Heidi. Old friends of mine, I worked there as a bouncer/ID checker during Mardi Gras once. Good times, good times.

Big Ruckus D · August 16, 2023 at 5:17 pm

Thanks boss, that was some great stuff, and I enjoyed it. Reminiscent of an album I have by the New Red Onion Jazz Babies from the mid 80’s. I should clarify I hear good sax solos routinely from my large library of music on LP, CD and open reel tape. Instead of TV viewing, I do serious music listening at length.

My point in that comment on your ‘Nostalgia’ post the other day (and I got a bit carried away with the length of that, as I’m prone to do sometimes) was that current pop music (rock is pretty well dead as a mainstream music genre, though of course there is some new stuff being made) is of a style that isn’t particularly feel good or optimistic. This is reflected in the instrumentation chosen. I remember lots of good songs with sax in the 70’s and 80’s, Baker Street by Jerry Rafferty, Angry Eyes by Logins and Messina, The Heat is On by Glenn Frey, all kinds of others.

You just don’t get that in new music, the saxophone has almost been blackballed from contemporary music, with the exception of jazz and some blues.

In any case, I enjoyed those two selections you posted. I now have another rabbit hole to explore.

Anonymous · August 17, 2023 at 12:08 am

Wow, not my kind of music, BUT I listened to it, it grows on ya and it’s really enjoyable. Nice change of pace. Thanks

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