What if you’ve never seen Chinatown? What if Sam Spade and the Maltese Falcon are as foreign to you as a trap beat would be to Casablanca’s Sam? What if your only exposure to a saxophone is Lisa Simpson, hell - what if you’ve never heard Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street, or Bruce’s Jungleland or even Billy Joel’s Just The Way You Are, and hell, what if you have no idea who Charlie Parker or John Coltrane are, let alone know their sound?
Relax people - it’s all good. You know why? ‘cos the answer is “So What!?” I know - this is going to upset some people but, if you need to defend against the tide of history, go google King Canute. The thing is - times change, tastes change, relationships between the sexes change and thank god for that. But here’s the thing - the saxophone ain’t going anywhere, and you know why?
Because the Saxophone is fucking cool!
Clearly having to wait until metallurgy reached a certain point before it could exist, it’s a little younger than the piano or the violin but damn if it hasn’t had an impressive run in its last 175 years. I’m no music historian but there aren’t many instruments that can define a mood or a “feel’ in the way a saxophone can. Look - I’m a piano player, I can do all kinds of fancy things with my fingers but if I want to pierce your heart, I’m getting Mike Casey or Kamasi Washington to perform the act.
It’s as if the Saxophone speaks human.
Cold Blooded Blues pulls from history and drags it right into the present - I’m still Bogart, I’m still Nicholson, but I’m not smoking and I ain’t wearing a Fedora - I’m nodding my head to cool beats while sipping Hennessy XO and the saxophone is still telling my story - only this time - it feels even better.
If you’re looking for the perfect mood music, definitely take this one out for a spin.
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About the Curator: Andrew McCluskey
The first visual memory I have is that of the white upright piano in Singapore, Hell and the dark forces lived at the bottom, Heaven and the Angels at the top. They would play battles through my fingers and I was hooked.
Although I've always played, I haven't always been a musician. Most of my twenties were spent working with people, buying and selling and learning how the world works. It was in my thirties that I came to America and focused on music and began to develop music2work2.