I had a bit of a bad experience with a tenor saxophone I bought from a dealer on eBay so I currently find myself with only an alto sax – and alto is my least favourite saxophone. It’s not that I dislike it, it’s that I just like it less, which is a shame cos in sonic terms it’s the prettiest of the saxophones. Tenor is big and husky, soprano is the ice princess, and alto is the sweet, lyrical saxophone that you hear on Baker Street and Careless Whisper (though, whisper it, but that’s actually tenor sax speeded up).
So, bearing in mind that both Baker Street and Careless Whisper (sic) are riffs, not solos, here are the three best alto saxophone solos played on pop records.
Doctor Wu (Phil Woods on alto sax, also probably one of my top 5 favourite songs ever)
Just the Way You Are (Phil Woods again)
Will You (Wes Magoogan on alto sax)