Deadsplinter Up! All Night: Let’s Talk About Sax!

The music of Skerik

One of Seattle’s greatest musicians you may have never heard of is Skerik.  He has played on more than 200 albums since the late 80’s and is so entrenched in the Seattle punk and jazz scene that if you attended a bunch of concerts around town you would have probably caught him sitting in with some great bands many times.

From his website:

  SKERIK has toured with the following:

  Sadhappy, Critters Buggin, Ponga, Wayne Horvitz, Roger Waters, Les Claypool, Tuatara, Garage a Trois, The Dead Kenny Gs, Black Frames, Crack Sabbath, Maelstrom Trio, Bandalabra, Mad Season, Beta Popes, Omaha Diner, Syncopated Taint Septet, LORBO, Khu-eeX, Sound Cipher, DRKWAV, Skerik Band, OG GAT (original Garage a Trois) Stanton and Skerik’s Emerald Quintet, Robert Walter, Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft, MMOB, New York Composers Orchestra, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Headhunters, True Loves, Mctuff, Master Musicians of Jajouka, etc.  

SKERIK has performed with/and or recorded with:

  Fred Wesley, Mike Clark, Charlie Hunter, Russell Batiste, Bernard Purdie, Zigaboo Modeliste, Clyde Stubblefield, Stewart Copeland, George Porter Jr, The Meters, The Funky Meters, Dumpstaphunk, James Singleton, Johnny Vidacovich, Big Sam, Maurice Brown, Trombone Shorty, Midnight Disturbers Brass Band, SUNN, Nels Cline, Peter Apfelbaum, Medeski Martin and Wood, REM, Wil Blades, Scott Amendola, Jeff Parker, NORDRA, Monika Khot, Zen Mother, Zach Hill, Keefus Ciancia, Jon Brion, Galactic, Lettuce, John Scofield, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Om Johari, Stone Gossard, Pearl Jam, Eyvind Kang, Randall Dunn, Bernie Worrell, Sean Lennon, Ozomatli, Brownout, Primus, Chris Cornell, Wolves in the Throne Room, Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Warren Haynes, Kidd Jordan, Jonathan Freilich, Helen Gillet, Eric Harland, Reggie Watts, Karl Berger, Steven Bernstein, Maceo Parker, Donald Harrison, Leo Nocentelli, Pee Wee Ellis, Adrian Belew, Calvin Weston, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, MonoNeon, Marco Benevento, David Torkanowsky, Andrew Bird, Ani Difranco, John Medeski, Green Sky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, Nth Power, Jennifer Hartswick, Nikki Glaspie, Industrial Revelation, Radioactive, Antibalas, Cory Henry, Scott Metzger, Joe Russo, Simon Lott, Ween, Tim Young, Hella, Barrett Martin, Kayo Dot, Todd Sickafoose, Bheki Mseleku, Aubrey Oaki, Mose Fan Fan, Somo Somo, Remy Ongala and Orchestre Matimila, The Coup, Shock G, Josh Roseman, Shazhad Ismaily, Marc Ribot, Larry Coryell, Screaming Trees, Squirell Nut Zippers, Sex Mob, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Word, North Mississippi Allstars, Mino Cinelu, Bob Stewart, Bill Ware, Buckethead, Ralph Carney, DJ Logic, Get It Gurl, Bonnie Raitt, Ruth Brown, Howard Tate, Maxi Priest, Steve Berlin, David Hidalgo, Steve Kimock, Corrosion of Conformity, DJ Olive, Elemental, DJ Riz, Doze Green, Ernest Ranglin, Yoshida Brothers, Dave Ellis, Gene Ween, Soulive, Allen Stone, M.I.R.V. My Name, Melvin Gibbs, and many more…  

Here’s a few of my favorites:   Skerik’s Bandalabra

Omaha Diner

Critters Buggin

This next one is a whole show but please watch/listen to the part at about 4:20 Skerik makes his sax sound like a guitar! Les Claypool’s Fancy Band

Crack Sabbath

and I saved the best for last, The Dead Kenney G’s

Hope the sax was good for you!



  1. anyways..i realize..tubs on the right isnt exactly playing a sax
    but trust me he could

  2. Hmm, sorry about that. I don’t know what happened. 

    • well thats fucking wierd lol

      • huh?
        the Q in me is screaming
        shits wierd yo

      • okay…i quit
        ive tried nothing much and failed
        this ones up to the fucking gods

        • It’s a good song too 😞

          • it is
            the link works perfectly
            i just cant get it to show the video
            maybe its some copyright wierdness

            • Ok…I suppose I will say this AGAIN…

              some youtube videos CANNOT embed due to the user who uploaded the SOURCE video choosing the settings.

              Perhaps there is a sax in this?


              • lol what are the odds??

              • I’m loving this thread, and it’s weird that my formatting errors are not part of it. 

    • There’s a glitch in the matrix – this happened to me too a couple of days ago. 

  3. old-new

    And new-old


  4. oooo…i kinda have to go for a twofer…as mr saxobeat is damn near the national athem over here

  5. John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

    INXS – 

    Tim Cappello from The Lost Boys


  6. Baker Street, such a recognizable opening rif.


    • Was waiting for this. So good that Congress passed the Baker Street Act of 1977 that made songs without a sax solo illegal until it was overturned by noted sax hater Jesse Helms in 1987. 

  7. The ( English ) Beat’s Saxa has a nice little solo here:

    • So the reason I love sax is because of the Beat and a few other TwoTone movement bands.  My good friends were in a ska band that would play this stuff and I fell in love with the amazing tones of the sax from the Beat…

    • Eh, I don’t acknowledge the Americanised versions of British band names. Yazoo forever, especially now that Yaz is also the name of birth control. 

  8. ILS – Saxtrax

    John Oates & Saxsquatch – Maneater

    Too Many Zooz – Bedford

    • I love Too Many Zooz but the best part the video is the expression of half the riders, like just another day on the subway in NYC

  9. X-Ray Spex – Warrior In Woolworth

  10. I shouldn’t post this because, a) it’s bloody obvious and, b) it was so clearly manufactured to profit off her very popular cover of “Uptown Funk” on X-Factor. But here you go. 
    Fleur East, “Sax” 

    And here’s one of those great kitchen-sink, Honk! Festival sort of bands out in the wild: 
    Moon Hooch, “Conehenge” 

    Moon Hooch, “Traffic Cone Traffic Jam” 

    And their go at the Tiny Desk: 


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