When was the last time anything entertaining happened aboard your city’s public transit system? If you live in New York City, your answer would likely be late last month, when two musicians appeared to have a spontaneous saxophone battle aboard the city’s subway system.
From all the various video accounts posted online, it appears that a [to date unnamed] 1 baritone player was noodling away in a subway car entertaining—or not, depending on your musical tastes—his fellow riders, when at the other end of the car, tenor saxophonist Sapphire Adizes, decided to join in. The result: nearly 5 minutes of improvised funk grooves and solos by these two talented players…
Now if this doesn’t bring a smile to your face, then get to your doctor and have your smiling ability checked, because there’s something wrong. If nothing else, this video should make you believe in the ability of music to bring even people in a big city together in a positive way, rather than over something that’s negative.
On a somewhat related note, I wonder how many people missed their stops because they were so caught up in the saxophone battle? I notice the train stop and take off again at a station. For the new people getting on, it must have been like walking into a movie that was already half over. They didn’t know what came before, or even the plotline.
1 According to one source that I found, the baritone is Zach Mayer.