Greatest Sax Solo
Seeking the Greatest Sax Solo
I love great sax solos and have spent some time trying to locate the greatest sax solo of all time. I got it down to a shortlist of 12 then narrowed it down further to the 3 sax solos featured in this hub.
Lily Was Here is a sax / guitar duet featuring the great Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer. If that wasn't a good enough start, the guitar is played by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics fame. It's technically superb, beautiful even, and in some sense my head says it is the best sax solo ever; but does it touch the soul? For me it doesn't stir strong emotions other than admiration for the musicianship of Dulfer and Stewart.
Many people rate Jungleland as the greatest sax solo ever. I can see why. The studio version which appears on Springstein's legendary Born to Run album is certainly very good indeed but if you are ever fortunate enough to hear Clarence Clemons play it live then it moves beyond being very good to being a truly great sax solo. It helps that there is also some great guitar work as well. It peels along at pace and draws you in to the show ebullience of it all.
The third top contender is Will You played by the perhaps less well know Wesley McGoogan - sadly his career as a saxophonist was cut short by a tragic accident. It's the sheer emotion of this piece that makes it such a strong contender as the greatest sax solo. It's music to drown in; music which appeals to the heart.
So as a bit of fun, why not vote for your favourite of these three sax solos? If your own favourite isn't listed here, then please visit the main poll where you will find videos of all of my top 12 greatest sax solos. (I haven't duplicated the poll here as I'd rather get all of the numbers in one place so the results are more interesting for all of us. The link to the main poll for the greatest sax solo is below the short poll in this hub, just after the third video (Will You).
I am still compiling an even bigger collection of great sax solos - and still finding new ones. The most recent was one in the Purple People Eater novelty song. Unbelievably there's a particularly fine sax solo in the cover by the Chipmunks. I know - but take a listen and you might agree with me. It's not the greatest sax solo ever - I wouldn't go that far - but it's still wonderful fun. You'll find the link to the big collection below the poll..
I hope you enjoy the solos. Please don't forget to vote and leave a comment. Maybe you'd like to say why you voted as you did - or perhaps you just want to point out something you think is better. I'd like to hear from you whatever you have to say. And if you point out a sax solo I haven't come across before that would be fab!
Will You - Candy Dulfer
Jungleland - Clarence Clemons
Will You - Wesley McGoogan
What is the greatest sax solo
The Top 12 Greatest Sax Solos
Postcript - Classical Sax Solos
Just so clasical fans don't feel entirely left out, it's worth noting that there are saxophone concertos which are the classical equivalent of the rock/pop sax solos featured in this lens and the polls. I've added the video for the second movement of Jan van Dijk Bass Saxophone Concerto. (Most of the rock/pop solos are played on the tenor or alto sax, occasionally on the soprano sax such as on some Billy Joel or OMD songs.)