April 12 saw the passing of sax player Andrew Love. He died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 71. Andrew was an artist that we have all heard at one point in our life. He and trumpet player Wayne Jackson did session work at (anything that had horns in it was him) Records. They played on recordings by Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes and Sam and Dave among others. Wayne and Andrew formed The Memphis Horns and began freelancing for sessions. In this period they recorded with Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Al Green, U2 and Dusty Springfield. They also hooked up on tours by the Doobie Brothers, Jimmy Buffet and Robert Cray.
This video is part interview (with Ann Peebles).
This is a great live performance of Satisfaction by Otis Redding, with the Memphis Horns supplying the brass.
As a unit, The Memphis Horns released 9 albums, mostly in the 1970’s.. As one could expect, they specialized in a funk sound. The group received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Grammys. Here is a sample of their work.
- Andrew Love: Saxophonist with the Memphis Horns (independent.co.uk)
- Andrew Love, Saxophonist in Memphis Horns, Has Died | Video (current.com)