Raphael Ravenscroft passes away

rafravenIf there’s a case of a song made memorable by a guest player’s part, it’s Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street” which was defined by a sax intro from Raphael Ravenscroft. The same instrument contributed to melodiousness and appeal of many other pieces – including Robert Plant’s “Pledge Pin” and BRAND X’s "April" – and left a mark on such prominent albums as PINK FLOYD’s “The Final Cut” and Mike Oldfield’s “Islands” to name but a few. More so, Raf penned a few instructional books on the art of saxophone playing. Sadly, this likable man’s mouthpiece fell silent on October 19th, when Ravenscroft died, aged 60. Rest in peace, RR!

October 21, 2014

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