Danny Walsh Tenor Sax Solo Transcription on “This Masquerade”

Here’s another great saxophone solo transcription from a Youtube video that I started working on this morning.   This is another great solo from the terrific tenor sax player, Danny Walsh (I’ve already transcribed a couple other solos by him). Danny Walsh is an amazing NYC saxophone player that  many people may not know about but is definitely worth checking out!

This whole gig, in the Youtube video below, sticks out to me because the setlist is primarily tunes we would all play on a typical gig.  Cold Duck Time, Wave, Our Love is Here to Stay, The Way You Look Tonight, Masquerade, etc…….  I find it fascinating to hear a player of Danny’s calibre playing these common tunes that we probably have all played on gigs and just tearing them to shreds.  The other thing that I love is how effortless Danny looks while soloing on the sax.  He’s playing these intense lines but looking like he’s playing Mary Had a Little Lamb or something.  Not a drip of sweat or sign of effort, it just seems like it is flowing out of him effortlessly.   I love that!

Danny Walsh-Tenor Saxophone

If you have never heard of Danny Walsh before, check out his CD and any future projects he plays on!

Full Gig Video-This Masquerade Solo starts at 38:07

The entire solo is only 17 measures long but they are action packed!  I love how Danny mixes up the blues scale sound with altered lines to take it “outside”.     Great solo!!  Enjoy!

This Masquerade-Danny Walsh Solo Clip

This Maquerade Solo-Danny Walsh

This is Danny Walsh’s last recording.  Check it out!!

Danny Walsh “Entering In” Itunes

Danny Walsh “Entering In” CD Baby

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Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 30 years. He is the author of many effective jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site Neffmusic.com.


  1. Wow, this is amazing. Thank you so much for letting us know about this great player and for sharing your wonderful transcriptions! I’ve been a follower of yours for many years and highly appreciate what you do. Keep up the amazing work!

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