It’s not so much a solo as a beautiful texture.
That’s what I always strive to add in pop settings. It’s not about leather pants, walking the bar, dark sunglasses or cool-cat-hats. It’s about pure tone, texture, emotion and beauty. (To me, anyway.) No cheesy vibrato or cheap parlor tricks.
Since the moment I discovered Bon Iver I heard a subtle, distant saxophone presence I loved. Turns out there’s more than one sax in the band. It’s actually an 11-piece band with a bunch of horns but this elegant trio setting is stripped down and is pure music to my ears.
Notice how the sax adds breath and wood (you can hear the stiff reed in his sound) to the colors of the performance. It’s obvious he can really play (not like those awful SADE sax solos in the 80’s…that guy was a guitarist who ‘picked up’ a sax) but he’s not out to beat you over the head with “jazz” (thankfully), he’s just contributing raw emotion and beauty.
Check. It. Out.
PS – I can’t even figure out who this sax player is. #PostLinerNoteWorld
UPDATE: The saxophonist is Michael Lewis.