Name your favorite sax solo.

My personal favorite is Coleman Hawkins playing over Mood Indigo on Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins (Impulse). Gotta be one of the best things ever recorded. Melodic, technincal, beautiful... He was awsome even when he was just mailing it in. You can never have too much Hawk!
The Big Man of the E Street Band on "Trapped"
Branford Marsellis - Night In Barkley Square from Harry Connick, Jr. - We Are In Love Album
So many to name, but as shallow as it sounds, one always comes to mind first: Phil Woods on Steely Dan's Katy Lied, Doctor Wu.
Junior Walker's awesome solo on "Urgent" by Foreigner still gives me chills.
Dunno if you can consider it a solo since it is part of the main melody line, but I can never get Raphael Ravenscroft's sax line in Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street out of my head.
Michael Brecker's solo on Michael Frank's "Doctor Sax"
Danlib 1: Good call on Phil Woods!
Wayne Shorter's solo on the Dan's "AJA" title cut.
I can't name just one. There are dozens. Depends on what mood I'm in. But here's a few:

Sonny Rollins - Blue 7, St. Thomas
Ben Webster - That's All, Tenderly
Charlie Parker - Embraceable You, Now's the Time
Coleman Hawkins - Body and Soul
Stan Getz - Desafinado
Paul Desmond - Concierto de Aranjuez
Cannonball Adderley - Waltz for Debbie
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
Coleman Hawkins - Body and Soul
Dick Parry on Us and Them - Pink Floyd DSOM
The best I have heard is Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane play So What on Miles Davis-Kind of Blue.(breath- taking)
Young michael brecker on don grolnicks four sleepers(hearts and numbers cd).So many!!!
"Chasin the Trane"
Clarence Clemons on Jungleland. But maybe that's just because I went to a Bruce Springsteen concert last night. By tomorrow, it will probably be back to Coleman Hawkins' Body and Soul.
Mentioning anything called a "solo" likely means an inferior sax player of "Yakety Sax" quality.
I would second "Doctor Wu" and add Clarence Clemons solo from "Independence Day" on The River. Real simple, just moves me.
John Handy's solo on Mingus' "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" (the version on Mingus Ah Um)- *beautiful*.
Coltrane has a lock on the greatest (in my opinion), but if you're looking for a solo that stands out both musically and sonically, try Joe Henderson's amazing opening to "Ask Me Now" on MyCoy Tyner's "New York Reunion" CD (Chesky JD51). All alone, Joe opens the cut -- for a few minutes, it's only his sax, sometimes subtly teasing, sometimes fiercely punching.
King Curtis packed more emotion into Soul Serenade and Midnight Blue than anything I had ever heard. Made it cry, scream and moan.
Nice thread.
Lots of faves. Here's a few:
•Joe Henderson - on "Song for my Father", Horace Silver-Song for my Father
•John Coltrane - on "Naima", John Coltrane-Giant Steps
•David Murray - on "Ming", World Saxophone Quartet-Revue
•James Carter - on "Chasin' the Gypsy", James Carter-Chasin' the Gypsy
•Cannonball Adderley - on "Blue in Green", Miles Davis-Kind of Blue
•John Zorn - on "Beeroth", Masada - Live in Sevilla 2000
•Michael Brecker - on "Choices", Michael Brecker-Michael Brecker
•Pharoah Sanders - on "The Creator Has a Master Plan", Pharoah Sanders-Karma
•Art Pepper - on "Straight Life", Art Pepper-Straight Life
•Charlie Parker - "Salt Peanuts", Charlie Parker-The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever
I like the baritone sax solo in the metro in the movie 'Subway', called 'Song to Xavier'. Think it was played by Alain Guillard. Don't know if it was composed by Eric Serra - the person who scored the movie.
Great thread. I've been banging my head all day thinking of additions from some of the great jazz LP's of all time. Then I decided to stay away from mentioning solos from any jazz pieces and concentrate on sax solos in other genres. There are simply too many great solos in jazz to even try to pick a half dozen or so to list here. Besides, is it really a solo when it's part of a lengthy improvisation? (Don't answer that). Then I came back to the thread to see what was up and I saw Steveaustin's posting of the Handy solo on "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" and I chucked my whole approach. That solo KILLS me. I can still remember the first time I heard it--my roommate in England played it one morning and I ended up late for work because I had to hear it like 15 times before I could leave the house. Sorry about the ramble...
Good stuff here folks!
Morphine's Dana Colley
RIP Mr.Sandman...
pete christliebs solo on deacon blues(aja,steelydan).
80's pop. 'Will you'- Hazel O'connor.
Charles Lloyd - almost anything - my favorit is "Tales of Rumi" from Canto.
Lots of good solos mentioned. My champion soloist is without a doubt John Coltrane BUT I want to mention one that I go back to time and again for the sheer wonder and awe. An album named "CONFLUENCE" by Gato Barbieri and Dollar Brand(Abdullah Ibrahim)from 1970 on Arista Records. Not at all for the faint of heart and at the same time cathartic, spiritual and uplifting. The cut I speak of is "The Aloe And The Wildrose" which at 14:20 is a journey to parts exotic and back. Abdullah's piano is also a lost wonder. I'm curious how many others know this piece of music? Go ahead, a little adventure is good for the spirit.
Michael Nyman- Saxophone Concerto.
Chris potters got to be my favorite new young cat on the jazz seen!
John Almond's solo on John Mayall's "The Turning Point" album-you have to hear his solo on the first cut which is "California".-Mrmitch
Thats one of the coolest ever recording period...those were the days.
A few...

Coltrane - Blue Train, Love Supreme, all Giant Steps, etc...
Johnny Hodges - I Don't Know About You/Blues A Plenty
Johnny Griffin - The Way You Look Tonight/Blowing Session, all on Monk's Misteroso
Cannonball Adderly - Autumn Leaves/Somethin' Else
Ben Webster - Chelsea Bridge with Mulligan, Danny Boy & Tenderly/King of the Tenors
Eric Dolphy - On Green Dolphin Street + more on Outward Bound & Out There
Joe Henderson - Inner Urge
Getz - Body & Soul, These Foolish Things, All Things You Are, Detour Ahead, all Gilberto
Sonny Rollins - St. Thomas & You Don't Know What Love is, Sax Colossus
Charlie Parker - any - maybe the best, even at his worst
Joshua Redman - entire Disc 1, Spirit of the Moment Live
James Carter - entire The Real Quietstorm & most of JC on Set
Ken Vandermark - Outside Ticket/Elements of Style
Eric Dolphy, lots of stuff on Outward Bound & Out There
Booker Ervin - lots on Exhultation and Freedom Book
Thanks Dave, will be digging a few of those out, (probably start w/ Vandermark)... Kurt McGettrick (RIP) We Are Not Alone from Zappa's Man From Utopia is big old barrel of baritone sax goodness.
Kenny Garrett with Miles Davis in PARIS,(I think it was Paris.)
Let's not pass over Paul Desmond who penned "Take Five" and forever changed the perception of jazz for all time. As well as Gerry Mulligan and Pepper Adams on the Baritone and the very often over looked Hank Mobley, but a true giant on the sax. And the great Chicago southside tenor that was Sonny Stitt.
Tom Scott "DESIRE" every tune on this album was amazing.If you like the sax you have to check it out.
For me, Don Byrd's BLUE NOTE Lp Title, "Free Form".....credits W. Shorter as writer, of its Best tunes. This performance captures a period of Post-Bop with EACH tunes' feel. The resulting Aesthetic, owes its compelling affect, to an uncommonly powerful emotional release.....scarcely matched elsewhere in Shorter's recorded archives... On side II -- Shorter's "French Spice" The intense anguish, the single notes that soar, with a longing, of DESPERATION......some notes in this me, it's as if his reed is going to snap...emotional involvment asked of the listener, is more
than some listener's CAN give.....
Here are a few more.

Sonny Rollins with Elvin Jones and others,in a Live Village Vanguard recording of "Four".

John Coltrane playing soprano sax on "My Favorite Things."
Perhaps it's been exposed too much, but Paul Desmond on "Take Five" defined a style. No alto player since has dared use those hard reeds and dry tone. To me, it's the definition of how jazz alto should sound. Of course, Pauls discography is a treasure trove of great sax.

not really all that ground breaking but boy the Sax in Baker Street by Jerry Raferdy (sp) makes a good song great.
Kaoru Abe: Mass Projection
Wayne Shorter's tenor solo on Free For All- Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers (Blue Note). Blakey pushes this boy on the opening track for chorus after chorus and Shorter digs down and finds stuff I'm bettin he didn't know he had. He positively let's it loose. Huge, passionate solo amongst solos.
One of my favorite LPs is Gerry Mulligan meets Johnny Hodges. an often overlooked album. But it is one of those strokes of genius that Norman Granz had while he owned Verve. It may be available on CD now, but I have the vinyl issue. Get it some of the best sax work recorded.
John Coltrane "Someday my prince will come" with Miles Davis from the album of the same name. He uses accents to imply the melody while playing from so far inside it with such freedom that it just floors me. Truly GREAT (imho) - Jim
I second the quiet genius of Desmond-notes & sound.
Impossible, but I'd like to suggest 2; albums that is.
Very different, but similar spontaneous feel to the music making. Very unforced & musical to my ears. The underrated but dynamic & creative Bud Shank on the LA4 'Just Friends' album from Concord in 1978, also on CD, and "Mr. Melodic,Smooth & Cool" Paul Desmond, on his own album, 'Take Ten' featuring the very supportive Jim Hall on guitar, named after the tune he wrote. Hopefully still available on CD; mine is Bluebird 'Digitally Remastered'from BMG, 1993 and sounds great. Buon Appetito!
Also the Mosaic 6 LP release or the 4 CD compliation of Paul Desmond and Jim Hall. Out of production now, but well worth the search to acquire. Somewhat pricey now, may want to check your local library to see if they have it. This edition was limited to 7500 copies for world wide distribuion and it sold out within 6 days. A great find,don't miss it.
Wow Ferrari, I missed that one but will now start to look for it. How's the sound?
I have the vinyl edition and the sound is superb. Check eBay sometimes copies show up there. But be prepared to bid aggresively, it is highly sought after.
Harold McNair on Donovan's Get thy Bearings (Hurdy Gurdy LP).
Dunno if it's been mentioned: Waiting for a Friend by the Stones, sax solo by Sonny Rollins.