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Played with Hambone tonight. Four-piece funk and blues band. Heavy on the Neville Brothers and the Meters. I'm still playing with the laptop rig: Cantabile-> VB3-> Presonus Audiobox USB-> Motion Sound KBR-3D. I've been running the audio into the clean channel of the Motion Sound and using the leslie sim from the VB3. So I thought I should try it into the rotary channel with the leslie sim bypassed. First set was rotary channel, second set was leslie sim, third set was the clear winner, the Leslie sim on the VB3. The rotary side sounded muddy to me in comparison. The real tube crunch was nice, and high marks for actually moving air around, but it didn't bite and breathe like I wanted it to. The Leslie sim was a more enjoyable experience overall.

 

Anyway, I'm loading in and the drummer says, "Hey, there's Phil Kenzie." The drummer's known him for about ten years and had invited him out. Phil is the sax player you grew up listening to whether you know it or not. I told the guitar player we were in for a treat. I told my wife and a table of friends who he was.

 

For starters, Phil Kenzie played that soaring solo on Al Stewart's Year Of The Cat. Played on McCartney's Jet. I highly recommend reading this guy's bio.

 

Phil Kenzie

 

And so, there the guy is opening horn cases and setting up a personal monitor. He came to play. Set up next to me. And when he hit that first note with that unmistakable tone, I wanted to melt into the stool. It's the tone you've heard on everything. And there it is, next to me on the bandstand. Truly awesome experience.

 

 

Phil Kenzie with Hambone.

 

http://home.comcast.net/~mightyb3/hambone.jpg

9 Moog things, 3 Roland things, 2 Hammond things and a computer with stuff on it

 

 

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"It's easy to be familiar with Phil Kenzie's superb sax work. Just recall the soaring solos on Al Stewart's "Year of the Cat" or "Time Passages" still enjoying favored airplay almost twenty years after its initial release, or the punchy brass intro to "Jet" by Paul McCartney, or the inspired solo on "The Long Run" from "The Eagles Live" album. In fact, this gifted sax player/arranger has lent his masterful touch to hits by everyone from Rod Stewart to Jackson Browne...Stevie Nicks and Roseanne Cash to David Bowie, and in the process amassed some nineteen gold and platinum albums!

Now based in the United States, Phil is originally from the Liverpool area and in his first band, The Pressmen, he played many of the clubs made legendary by The Beatles, even occasionally sharing billing with the "Fab Four", including The Cavern and Hamburg's famous Star Club. So it was totally appropriate that he should later play on the most classic swan song of the century, "Let It Be". This connection continued as later Phil worked on recordings for Apple Records, most notably John and Yoko's Plastic Ono Band at Lennon's home in Ascot and all the horn section work and solos on George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass". Through these sessions, Phil also worked with such notable stars as Eric Clapton, Steven Stills, Peter Frampton, Delaney & Bonnie, Leon Russell, Doris Troy, and Billy Preston.

As a sought after session man, Phil was doing gigs around London with Manfred Mann's "Chapter Three", arranging and performing shows for Jack Good's psychedelic update of Othello entitled "Catch My Soul", finding time to appear on Paul McCartney's "Band On The Run" album and to be heavily involved in the hit cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", playing and recording both the show and the movie; supplying the screaming rock sax for Meatloaf's portrayal of "Eddie". During this time Phil also worked with Alan Parsons, David Essex, Joan Armatrading, Ian Gilliam, Alex Harvey, Leo Sayer, Black Sabbath, Steve Harley, Marc Bolan, Wishbone Ash, Annie Lennox, David Bowie, The Coasters, The Temptations, Arthur Connolly, Mick Ronson, Ian Hunter and Roger Daltry, appearing on his "Ride a Rock Horse" album and on both David Bowie's "Diamond Dogs" album and his widely inventive television special "The 1980 Floor Show".

At this point Phil was asked by Alan Parsons to record what would become a legendary hit.."Year of The Cat" by Al Stewart. In the subsequent tour of America and another hit for Al, "Time Passages", he caught the attention of Rod Stewart and was asked to join his band, recording with Rod what would turn out to be his biggest album to date, "Blondes Have More Fun". Phil would ultimately appear on five albums for Rod including "Footloose and Fancy Free", "Foolish Behavior", "Rod Stewart Live" and "Greatest Hits".

After deciding to live in America, Phil worked with The Eagles, Rod Stewart, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Rodney Crowell, Roseanne Cash, Vince Gill, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, Karla Bonoff, Boy George, Carly Simon, Randy Meisner, Steven Stills, Poco, The Pointer Sisters, Kenny Loggins, Tom Petty, Ronnie Spector and Debbie Gibson."

 

that's mighty impressive. :o

 

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that's mighty impressive. :o

 

Yeah...and that's what's cool about living in and around Nashville. You just never know who's going to show up.

 

That tone! And on top of that, he's a super nice guy, too! It was a real blessing.

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