sax

noun
\ ˈsaks How to pronounce sax (audio) \
plural saxes

Definition of sax

informal
: saxophone plays sax in a local jazz ensemble often used before another noun a sax playerThe transmission, as one editor put it, "is as smooth as a Paul Desmond sax solo."— John Phillips

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Saxophonist Dana Colley played his baritone sax like a guitar, while Sandman's unique slide-bass style favored thudding chords and far-from-subtle grooves. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The DMCA bell did not toll for a beloved musician—thus, I could grieve him," 6 July 2019 Pulled from April's Ride Waves, an album full of flashy features, this sax-y bop is a reminder of why star rappers Snoop Dogg and D.R.A.M. signed on to the LP in the first place. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 32 Best Dance Songs of 2019 (So Far): Staff Picks," 27 June 2019 Live, this translates into a massive audio-sensory experience that blends their tracks along with covers while Jeremy helms drums and Dom is on sax. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "What’s in your bag, Big Gigantic?," 21 June 2019 Much like one of his primary mentors, tenor sax master George Coleman, the 50-year-old New Yorker combines extraordinary fluency at every tempo with a clear, rounded tone and an expansive harmonic palette. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "Sax man Eric Alexander brings his gorgeous tones to SF Bay Area shows," 18 June 2019 Double drummers, sax solos reminiscent of another Jersey band from that era and edgy harmonies gave the band. Michael Heaton, cleveland.com, "'Ready Player One' another triumph for Steven Spielberg (review)," 29 Mar. 2018 My husband Kevin Kizer will play sax in the concert. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, "Shout Out: Katherine Hughes, professional violinist," 27 June 2018 The sound is expansive, more reliant on keyboards, sax, and gospel-like female backing singers than on the electric guitars and brooding melodies of his past. Philly.com, "Album reviews: Ashley Monroe, Willie Nelson, Okkervil River," 26 Apr. 2018 The horns – Walt Weiskopf on tenor sax, Roger Rosenberg on baritone, Michael Leonhart on trumpet, and Jim Pugh on trombone – simply killed all night. John Timpane, Philly.com, "Steely Dan play their first Philly-area show without late member Walter Becker at the BB&T Pavilion," 12 July 2018

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circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

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