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Back when we were putting together the Blues, R&B, Rock n' Roll Sax Resource, we did a survey of players about outstanding solos.
https://www.saxontheweb.net/Rock_n_Roll/RockSax02.html

But when it comes to Rock and Rock, what was greatest sax solo?

Of course, some will protest that this is a ridiculous question to ask (and believe me, they've already started ;-)) but just for the fun of it, ONCE PER WEEK, we'll post three solos from different periods of time and styles. Post your preference. You'll have 7 DAYS to post before the next three solos arrive.

Yes, picking just one may be more that a little tough, but along the way, we'll hear some outstanding phrasing, tone and technique.
Thanks!

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There are so many....actually, there is no 'greatest' - just hundreds of great solos from many sax players. But if I had to pick an incredible sax solo that literally accelerated the excitement that was already built up by the guitar, I would go with Plas Johnson's ripping solo on 'The Routers' instrumental 'Let's Go'.

But, to play nice and go along with the program, out of these three I'll take Clarence in 'Born To Run'.
 

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7 ABSOLUTE SAX CLASSICS!

These are solos in which you can sing every note with every nuance. TRULY CLASSICS.


Yackety-Yack

Rocking around the Christmas tree

Sh-Boom (The Chords version)

Yakety Sax

Tequila

Born To Run

Jungle land
 

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Oooooo this is going to be a fun thread to follow!!!

Of the three you have offer (all three of which are terrific) I would have to choose the big man on Born to Run.

As far as my three- this guy, Bobby Keys:
Brown Sugar;
Can’t You Hear Me Knockin;
Whatever Gets You Through the Night
and let’s not forget this one: https://youtu.be/xhlvQen4mWw
 

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Edgar Winter - sax solo on "Can't Keep A Good Man Down" off of 38 Special's second album "Special Delivery".

 

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I could look a... er, that is, listen to Candy all day long, but I wouldn't call that a rock tune at all. And I never did understand why folks think that Clarence was all that great a horn player. So my vote goes to Sam (and that was indeed a great old-school rock solo!).
 

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I love Clemons' work and Candy's too — but still there's no contest — Sam "The Man" Taylor wins it hands down !
 

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Can’t You Hear Me Knockin
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+1000 on that one - I was just commenting on TalkBass (bassist too here) how I'd recognize that sax solo anywhere! 'bout as funky as that band ever got! :)
 

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I know it wasn't Neil's intent to solicit more songs, but...

Check out Geoff Blythe's breaks on Black 47's “Who killed Bobby Fuller” at about 1:40 and 2:40. If it were possible for me to wear out a single track on a CD, it would have been this one!

I'm not saying it's the best solo ever, but man, it works so well in the structure of this song and is just loaded with power.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dXiQ4UcMqd8
 

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Bring the solos on! This is what it's all about. 🌪🥂😎

In next week's competition, some solos mentioned will go head to head!
 

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We all know that baritone is the coolest sax:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biKVHr4Fmcs

It may be a sappy tune but the solo is pretty darn good and not for those with faint lungs or knees. It starts at around 3:10.
 
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