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Top 10 Jazz Musician Cameos on Successful Pop Records

Note: stay tuned over the coming months each of these “plain” lists is replaced with a full blog post with commentary on the items on the list (and, in some cases, the items that didn’t make the cut).

These are the favorite solos/moments/contributions, not necessarily the favorite songs. Note also that this category rules out instances in which the jazz soloist was a full-fledged band-member (such as Branford Marsalis and Kenny Kirkland with Sting), performances only available as bootlegs (like Ornette Coleman jamming with the Grateful Dead) and full-on crossovers (e.g. Joni Mitchell singing standards).

  1. Phil Woods: “Doctor Wu” from Katy Lied by Steely Dan
  2. Earl Hines: “Diddy Wah Diddy” from Paradise and Lunch by Ry Cooder
  3. Herbie Hancock: “As” from Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder
  4. Teddy Wilson and Zoot Sims: “Harpo’s Blues” from Phoebe Snow by Phoebe Snow
  5. Pat Metheny: “Harbor Lights” from Harbor Lights by Bruce Hornsby
  6. Sonny Rollins: “Waiting on a Friend” from Tattoo You by the Rolling Stones
  7. Branford Marsalis: “Eyes of the World” from Without a Net by the Grateful Dead
  8. Freddie Hubbard: “Zanzibar” from 52nd Street by Billy Joel
  9. Wayne Shorter: “The End of the Innocence” from The End of the Innocence by Don Henley
  10. Ron Carter: “Verses From the Abstract” from The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest

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  1. Art Manchester

     /  May 8, 2015

    I thought the soprano sax in “The End Of The Innocence” was played by Bill Evans.

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