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JazzWax List: 8 Pop Sax Solos

JazzWaxRock, pop and disco tracks of the '60s, '70s and '80s were 250px-Roger_Ball_of_AWB_in_2005 routinely peppered by horns. The saxophone, in particular, was most often added to give a slick track an earthy authenticity. In many cases, the sax solo would be written into the song's break halfway through to provide a funky feel. Or it would come at the end, to pick up where the vocal left off. [Pictured: Roger Ball of Average White Ban]

Here are eight pop saxophone solos that come to mind. Have others? Please add them to the Comments section:

  • Images-6Roger Ball—Pick Up the Pieces (Average White Band)
  • Ronald Bell—Too Hot (Kool and the Gang)
  • John Davis—When Love Is New (Arthur Prysock)
  • Sonny Rollins—Waiting on a Friend (Rolling Stones)
  • Wayne Shorter—Aja (Steely Dan)
  • Junior Walker—Shotgun (Junior Walker and the All Stars)
  • Phil Woods—Just the Way You Are (Billy Joel)
  • George Young—Daybreak (Vicki Sue Robinson)

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