howard male wrote:I remember Charlie saying the only decent track on Momo Wandel Soumah's Afro Swing was Toko. Nothing could be further from the truth. The album is a thing of beauty from beginning to end from the moment momo stops growling for a moment and picks up his sax to deliver the sublime solo (a contender for best sax solo if we ever do that topic) on the opening track onwards.
So lets do this topic.
To clarify, based on the criteria established in the guitar solos dialogues:
We are talking about sax solos in vocal records, not sax instrumentals.
Records with great sax intros qualify, which opens the door to Gerry Rafferty's 'Baker Street'.
I propose that the whole record should be a thing of wonder, and that a great sax solo wasted in an otherwise average record doesn't count.
gordonfmoore wrote:Think I already plugged this one once: Stan Getz on The Girl From Ipanema, with Astrud Gilberto, Joao Gilberto...There is no doubt folks, you cannot get better than this
OK, so here's a top ten to be torn apart:
1. Stan Getz (*) & Astrud Gilberto, The Girl from Ipanema
2. Little Richard, Long Tall Sally (sax solo, Lee Allen)
3. Abdel Gadir Salim All-Stars, Almaryood (Hamid Osman Abdalla)
4. The Coasters, Shoppin' for Clothes (King Curtis)
5. Ian Dury & the Blockheads, Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (Davey Payne)
6. Sipho Mabuse, Jive Soweto (West Nkosi)
7. Gerry Rafferty, Baker Street (Raphael Ravenscroft)
8. Ray Charles, Lonely Avenue (David 'Fathead' Newman)
9. Momo Wandel Soumah (*), Toko
10. Louis Jordan (*), Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
* Featured artist plays sax except where noted. I've rationed myself to one choice per sax player, otherwise King Curtis might have qualified twice, for his solo on Aretha Franklin's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', and so might Hamid Osman Abdalla, for 'Ahla Eyyon' by Abdel Azi El Mubarek.
I've a suspicion there may be a better Ray Charles/David Newman solo than 'Lonely Avenue' and I'm a bit surprised that I haven't fitted in anything by Fats Domino. But putting 'Long Tall Sally' up against 'My Blue Heaven' and 'When My Dreamboat Comes Home', both of which have lively solos (by Herb Hardesty, I think), Lee Allen says it all with Richard.