Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tim Price Bloggin' For Rico Reeds- STEVE BERLIN. Of the legendary band Los Lobos; A giant in rock & roll saxophone & more!

What knocks me out about Berlin, is that he knows how to make the_past_the future in the sax styles. To extend the idiom, past < which I love as much/more than anyone> .the backbeatin' cry of the honker lies a workin' mans sax player. STEVE BERLIN. Of the band Los Lobos. This guy stood/played aside of LEE ALLEN in the orignal LA starts of this band ( the Blasters ) and also plays great keyboards. ( eg-piano-organ) and does some world clas production. You need to go to a Los Lobos gig and hear this guy within the band. Check out where he puts the sax IN the ensembles and how he USES the Bari Sax within the bands unique sound. Steve has the roots. The soul. Of a REAL honkin' in your face sax demon. A no-holes barred, take no prisioners kickin' tenor player. BUT, that is within what he is doing in the tapestry of LOS LOBOS. Remember - " The Blasters" - Steve (with Lee Allen) is on "The Blasters" complete Stash recording set and he plays bari (along with Doug James) on a cut or two of Roomful of Blues "Live at Lupo's" recording. On "The Blasters" hit "So Long Baby Goodbye" Berlin plays classic rock bari sax counterpoint to Lee Allen's tenor. What knocks me out about Berlin, is that he knows how to make the_past_the future in the sax styles.One of the great sounds and styles in rock saxophone. Listen to him. Steve Berlin (born September 14, 1955, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American saxophonist, keyboardist and record producer, best known as a member of the rock group Los Lobos and, before that, Top Jimmy & The Rhythm Pigs, The Blasters, and The Flesh Eaters. Berlin is married and lives with his wife and children in Portland, Oregon. Berlin joined Tuatara as a side project in 1998 on their second album, Trading With The Enemy. As either a session musician or producer, Berlin has worked with the Crash Test Dummies, Backyard Tire Fire, Beat Farmers, John Lee Hooker, The Paladins, Faith No More, Dave Alvin, R.E.M., The Go-Go's, The Smithereens, The Replacements, Leo Kottke, Sheryl Crow, The Act, Los Super Seven, Rickie Lee Jones, String Cheese Incident, Alec Ounsworth (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), Raul Malo, Rick Trevino, Jackie Greene, The Tragically Hip, Great Big Sea, The Bridge, Nathan Wiley, The Dandy Warhols, Making Movies and Deer Tick.[1] - Berlin is a 1st class person and very important voice in the saxophone. I'm shocked, at when folks talk about " rock sax" his name is not mentioned more. His bari playing with the " Blasters" is some great work. One of my students who loves " The Blasters" made me a lot of MP3s, and Berlin and Lee are killin'. Steve Berlin, also plays a lot of piano/organ from time to time w/LosLobos. Non the less, he's..OUT THERE...playing and a force to be heard. I'd say imho, he might be one of todays most important house rockers on tenor. He comes out of the mecca of greats like Lee Allen & Big Jay and Willis Jackson. his baritone sax playing is very original, and inspiring. Check out my friend and someone who is always on the case musically Steve Berlin. - Tim Price

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