I think the best saxophone solo ever was David Sanborn's alto sax solo in "Let Me Be Your Pirate" by Nena, from the 99 Luftballoons album. Sanborn's trademark bright sax sound highlights this wonderful rock ballad that doesn't receive enough credit for.Contest Question: Which rock song do you think has the best saxophone solo? Think in terms of best sound quality, best recording quality, and best instrumental performance. If you had to provide a single example of saxophone in a rock and roll song demonstrating how a saxophone would be used in a rock mix, which artist, musician, song and recording would you select?
"Let Me Be Your Pirate" is a great rock ballad that I often use to put me asleep. Sanborn gets into some funky grooves and into the altissimo register (a third upper register later found by experimenting saxophonists) with his alto saxophone even though the song is a slow ballad. It all ties in wonderfully. The drum beat transitions into a bass drum "heart beat" towards the end of the recording. It is at the very end when the sax microphone captures Sanborns last breath that runs across the saxophone reed...sort of sounds like an ocean breeze. I highly recommend everyone to listen to this recording.