Average White Band – Pick Up the Pieces – sax solo
A super funky groove, clean and precisely played unison/duet sax riffs, and a killer saxophone solo sent the Average White Band’s 1974 song Pick Up the Pieces to number one.
Here I’m doubling a couple of the riffs leading into the solo, then the solo, and the riffs on the fade. I’m panned pretty much hard right. I have the volume jammed pretty high, too. I think it sounds pretty close.
None of the angst of the last few weeks… this came together pretty easily. What was hard: Phrasing as if playing a sax. Using the pitchwheel to mimic the changes in the player’s embouchure. What was easy: There are only a few parts, they’re not real fast, there are not a lot of sustained notes, and there’s little reverb — that makes it easier to pick out the parts.