Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Man plays incredible saxophone without a saxophone

sax1.jpg

Has there ever been a song which hasn't been improved by the addition of a saxophone? Let us clear that one up right now: no, there hasn't.

So this unnamed Liverpool man's life must be a constant joy, as he can add sax parts to his whole day, without even needing to get an instrument out of its case. This amazing clip shows him creating a perfect sax sound using just his mouth, casually honking his way through a few bars of Henry Mancini's classic Pink Panther theme, almost dismissive of the fact that God has blessed him with a talent that millions could only dream of possessing.

It's a welcome reminder of the majesty of the sax: indeed, even Noel Gallagher features one on his latest album and declared that "the saxophone is a powerful instrument".

It was invented by Adolphe Sax in 1840 to fill the middle ground between the brasher brass and quieter woodwind sounds; one should never forget that despite being made of brass, they are in fact officially part of the woodwind family. You can use that one at dinner parties, it's our gift to you.

There can be no doubt that the peak of the instrument thus far was in 1984, with the opening refrain of George Michael's Careless Whisper taking listeners to a hitherto unexperienced level of aural ecstasy. Played by Steve Gregory and repeated many millions of times around the world since, it is to the saxophone what Rachminov's Third is to the pianoforte. Oh, and Baker Street's not bad either.

Enjoy the power of Careless Whisper with the two videos below - how long can you manage in the 10-hour challenge?

Related

alberthammondjr.jpg

Albert Hammond Jr Ultimate Playlist

kimmel-1.jpg

Kenny G And Warren G: Together At Last

LALALAND.jpg

The 50 coolest movie soundtracks

hero_coolestalbums.jpg

The 50 Coolest Albums ever

bigbird.jpg

Sesame Street's Big Bird Takes On Hip Hop Classic

1.jpg

Beyoncé dancing to DuckTales is absolutely brilliant

Comments

More

Ed Sheeran's Glastonbury ride is not at all rock 'n' roll

It's classic Ed, really

by Carl Anka
22 Jun 2017

Stormzy praised for his powerful verse on the Grenfell charity song

It's the highlight of the song

by Carl Anka
21 Jun 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has been confirmed for the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury

No, really

by Tom Victor
16 Jun 2017

Classic Fleetwood Mac lineup confirms reunion tour for next year

Return of the Mac, come on

by Dave Fawbert
16 Jun 2017

Gene Simmons reckons he invented rock horns; is trying to trademark it

Yeah, good luck with that one mate

by Dave Fawbert
15 Jun 2017

Ariana Grande to become an honorary citizen of Manchester

The Manchester council plans to honour Ariana after her One Love concert

by Carl Anka
14 Jun 2017

The new London Grammar record is the best album released this year

"I suspect the Archangel Gabriel herself would rip out her own vocal chords if she got the chance to swap with Hannah Reid"

by Dave Fawbert
13 Jun 2017

Taylor Swift has just released her music on Spotify

Finally we can get our Taylor fix for free

by Carl Anka
09 Jun 2017

The definitive ranking of Kanye Wests

It's time to settle the age-old debate once and for all...

by Sam Diss
08 Jun 2017

Guy dives through town blasting the Vengaboys, starts huge party

This couldn't happen anywhere else

by Gary Ogden
07 Jun 2017