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Plays his @ss off. Loved Sax Gordon for years.
 

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First heard of Gordon when I caught him touring with the Duke in a four piece jump/blues band back in the mid-90s. That band, and Gordon in particular kicked ***!


 

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Gordon put a big smile on my face. Haven't heard this kind of music in years K
 

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Tremendous player. Also, "Sax" Gordon was a big help putting together a list of great sax solos/players that may not have been that familiar to many players, back when we were putting together the "Blues, R&B, Rock n' Roll Sax Resource". Such as...
(a bit of controversy over who did this solo, but for me, no question, Sam The Man Taylor- https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?167587-Great-Sax-Solos-Sam-The-Man-on-Nappy-Brown-s-quot-Don-t-Be-Angry-quot-or-King-Curtis-or).

Plus, a great player we later did a feature on, thank to Gord first bringing him to our attention.

https://www.saxontheweb.net/Rock_n_Roll/LionelPrevost1.html
 

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I met Sax Gordon back in 2011 when he stayed in the house of a friend of mine here in NL and I visited him at a live concert in a small café close to my house, seeing and hearing him in three set's on about 2 meters distance :). A very nice guy and a powerhouse on the tenor. :)

Here is a clip of that concert:

He plays and sounds great, but his sound on the RPC started bothering me after the first set (missing depth and very cutting and bright). I could really hear the difference when my friend Ruud de Vries and the very young Dutch player Boris Kloek joined him for one number. Both are Florida 10* Link players and are by far not as good as Sax Gordon, but they have that typical Link sound that I prefer. You can hear Boris soloing at 3:20 in above clip.

I think to remember that Sax Gordon switched from an old 9 or 9* Link to RPC because his Link wore out. I really like his sound on his early CD 'Have Horn, Will Travel', where he still played on the big tip Link. See this playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_lVUVWmT9aiqJz6YDDSEkCWa649GJg4aHc
 

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Thanks for the clip! Enjoyed it.

Here are a few older postings from various message boards about his m/p;

Interesting news indeed travels fast. Gordon emailed me about a month ago and said that all the sudden, neither of his Links would work - both seemed dead. His 9* is an Early Babbitt and his 9 is from 1980, a long body with the facing stamped on the shank. From playing them, I'm not sure if the tips haven't been closed down in all of the replating done at the Babbitt factory. I got to try them at a Love Dogs gig last summer and both were easy to play. He got an RPC from Doug James and has been using that since we talked. I'm sure he sounds great on it, too.
Gordon got the RPC he plays now from a buddy of mine 5 or 6 years ago and if I remember correctly it is from '96 (back when Ron was putting dates on them). These pieces had what I could best describe as having a very prominent roll over into sort of a bullet baffle. They were probably closer to the roll overs he is making now. At the time Gordon got it, the piece had a small epoxy baffle, which my buddy had added
Gordon's is a 130 opening which he plays with 5 strength reeds!
Gordon purchased my RPC 130B on Ebay in 2017. It had a baffle but not real bright :)

We exchanged messages on Facebook and I feel sure that he does not mind me sharing this information. Gordon stated that he had been using a 120 with a "tiny homemade baffle". He said he only tries out different m/p's every 10-15 years. He also used 8* Ted Klum with a bullet chamber which was loud and bright but he couldn't get the "subtone to project". He stated that he was "going to use an old RPC with an open chamber soon".

I mailed two more RPC's to him last year to try out and to keep if either one worked so I am not sure what he is using now.

On a different note and personal observation, I have not heard much hell raising sax playing these days in the Top 40 recordings (I know….who the heck cares about Top 40 :)) Clarence was one of the last Top 40 gutsy players of our generation with a lot of attitude.

Just glad that Gordon is keeping the rockin'/blues style going. Used to be more roof raisers back in the day but some musical styles have changed.

Probably one of the reasons why the guitar continues to be so popular. I have heard some real rockin' bands over the years where the guitar player parts everyone's hair with a screaming "in your face" solo with effects (fuzz, metal, etc.) and volume that fills the auditorium and the crowds and dancers goes wild. Then the sax player steps up to solo and loses the moment in both style, emotion, attitude and projection.

At any rate I am just glad to see and hear Gordon rockin' and may he continue for many years :cheers:
 

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Haha Can't beat ol Sax !!
God bless him and many more years indeed !!
Gotta love him
As for sax player losing projection and bringing the crowd down,
I think maybe most of that is ****-poor sound men - can never get horn cutting thru and loud enough to get above the damn guitars and drums etc
That's why I play high baffle hopefully loud pieces
Except for "Sax" Gordon - nobody's gonna shut him down haha
Rock on Sax Gordon and carry on the tradition
Thanks for posting all of this John
 

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"As for sax player losing projection and bringing the crowd down,
I think maybe most of that is ****-poor sound men - can never get horn cutting thru and loud enough to get above the damn guitars and drums etc"


Totally agree. What a shame. Just glad that I control MY volume in my band! When I "sit in" and a band is using a so called sound person I don't expect too much ;)

"That's why I play high baffle hopefully loud pieces"

Absolutely!!?
 

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SYOS - no kidding Who would've thought !!
They must be the real deal if Sax is playing one I'll check it out
Controlling your own volume - SMART !!
No use blowing your guts out to overcome a sorry sound man
I know on your :Brown Sugar: vid, you were out front and rockin real good and Loud
Just the way a R and R sax should sound haha
 

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"SYOS - no kidding Who would've thought !!"
Yep, Gordon said he went to Paris and picked up a couple of the SYOS pieces back in 2019. Not sure what he is playing now. Of course he kicks on anything he plays! Really like his style 🎷

I used the Scott Paddock SYOS for a while. Good m/p. Sold it to a local player who really likes it.

Thanks much for the good word about the "Brown Sugar" clip. Old school R&R attitude and out front where it belongs :D
 
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