Let’s (Not) Have Sax

The world of music is full of bad puns (e.g., “going for baroque!” “can you Handel it?” etc.).

Saxophonists seem to be the worst offenders.  Specifically, they can’t resist substituting sax and sex. If you want to indulge them…

  • You can read Paquito D’Rivera’s autobiography “My Sax Life” (also, notice its original title in Spanish, “Mi Vida Saxual”).
  • Or listen to Kim Waters’ “Sax Appeal” or “Sweet and Saxy.”
  • The Fairer Sax, a female saxophone quartet, might tickle your fancy.
  • Your plans for the evening perhaps involve dimming the lights and spinning an LP titled “The Night was Made For… Sax” by Gene Casciola (a graduate of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University).
  • Reminisce about our libidinous former president with the Capitol Steps’ “The Joy of Sax.”
  • Crank up your “Sax Drive,” not with some pills purchased from an ad in the back of a magazine, but with some saxophone concertos.
  • You can have “Sax on the Beach” with John Tesh but I understand if you don’t want to.
  • And if you decide to have “Sax by the Fire” with John Tesh, don’t get burned!
  • Finally, you can “Have Yourself a Saxy Little Christmas” if you want to make Santa and Jesus cringe.

If you can add to the list, please let us know!  If you’re a saxophonist, please take a cold shower before you continue this trend.

– Tim


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8 responses to “Let’s (Not) Have Sax

  1. Nicole

    James White and The Blacks – Sax Maniac (1982) with both “Sax Maniac” and “Sax Machine” as well as the 2004 James Chance best-of collection entitled “Sax Education”

  2. Thanks, Nicole! James White and the Blacks’ Sax Maniac is indeed on the loose in our collection. It’s on Basquiat’s Downtown 81 soundtrack.

  3. Tom

    Candy Dulfer – Saxuality

  4. Thanks, Tom, for your excellent addition! We don’t have that one but we do have other Candy Dulfer discs.

  5. Rebekah

    In fact, the Candy Dulfer disc, “Live at Montreux” in the collection has the track, “Sax-a-go-go pts.1 & 2.” I’m always intrigued by songs with 2 parts like Ray Charles’ “What’d I say.”

  6. Though it’s not saxophone music, twelve-tone composer Milton Babbitt has an album titled Joy of More Sextets. Zing!

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  8. guessworker

    Here’s an example of use of saxophone is Bollywood.


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