Songs that prominently feature a baritone saxophone?

As far as I know, most popular music that uses saxophones use alto or tenor instruments. I’m curious as to what a baritone sounds like in a band. Please, post some examples :smiley:

Eurythmics ‎– Right By Your Side
Baritone Saxophone – Martin Dobson

Good lord - you want to listen to Morphine for rock and Gerry Mulligan for jazz.

Morphine - mobile links

Gerry Mulligan -

It isn’t a hit song, but The Anchor Song by Bjork is just vocals and saxes. One of those is a baritone, right?

Frank Zappa: Joe’s Garage

Morphine- Honey White

The Seatbelts - Too Good Too Bad (sax really picks up around 1:34)
dang, ninja’d by WordMan!

Los Lobos use bari sax a lot, though I’m not familiar enough with their discography to cite a good example.

Holy Crap Word Man, I did not know about Gerry Mulligan at all.

Thank you, Thank you


I just finished listening to this piece of awesome

Simon and Garfunkel’s Baby Driver has a bit of bari sax in it - around 1:40, you can here the baritone driving the bass line along with what I think is a tenor sax.

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas - (Love Is Like a) Heat Wave

Oh yeah; his work with Paul Desmond is great. And I have a cd where he plays with Ben Webster that is amazing…


I’m not much for Jazz, but I liked that first Gerry Mulligan piece- It shows off a really smooth upper register - doesn’t squawk like the smaller ones do!

Feel free to post more! :smiley:


This also really grooves!

"Rodney’s bass saxophone solo as promised" from “My Pink Half of the Drainpipe” by the Bonzo Dog Band.

Jimmy Buffett - Saxophones.

They’re even referred to in the lyrics, although the original recording featured alto saxes instead of the correct baritones. JB finally re-recorded it with the correct instrument a few years ago.

“Suits Are Picking Up The Bill” by the Squirrel Nut Zippers

Rehab - Amy Winehouse.

In the Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett

Harry Carney played bari sax in Duke Ellington’s orchestra. Here he is on Sophisticated Lady.

“Desert Skies” by The Marshall Tucker Band

David Bowie, “Modern Love” (bari sax solo at 1:58)

Return To Sender by Elvis Presley has a prominent baritone sax part played by Boots Randolph of Yakety Sax fame.