Phil Kenzie is a British saxophonist known for his work as a session musician and his collaborations with some of the biggest names in the music industry. Born on September 20, 1950, in Liverpool, England, Kenzie began playing the saxophone at a young age and quickly developed a reputation as a skilled and versatile musician.
In the 1970s, Kenzie became a highly sought-after session musician, playing on countless recordings for artists in a variety of genres, including rock, pop, and jazz. He played on numerous albums by artists like David Bowie, Rod Stewart and The Eagles, and his dynamic and energetic playing style helped to shape the sound of popular music during this time.
However, Kenzie is perhaps best known for his collaborations with singer-songwriter Al Stewart. He played on several of Stewart’s most famous albums, including “Year of the Cat” (1976) and “Time Passages” (1978), and his contributions to these records helped to establish him as one of the most respected and influential saxophonists of his time.
Kenzie’s playing style is characterized by its versatility and its ability to convey a wide range of emotions through his playing. He was equally comfortable playing ballads and up-tempo numbers, and his skill as a soloist made him a highly respected collaborator and sideman.
Throughout his career, Kenzie also recorded several albums as a bandleader, including “Life After Dark” (1986) and “Happy Feet” (1992). He continued to collaborate with a wide range of musicians and artists throughout his career, and his work as a session musician helped to establish him as one of the most respected and influential saxophonists of his time.
Today, Kenzie is remembered as one of the greatest saxophonists in music history, and his legacy as a performer, session musician, and bandleader continues to inspire and influence musicians across genres. His versatile and dynamic playing style helped to shape the sound of popular music during his time, and his collaborations with Al Stewart remain some of the most beloved and influential records of the era.
This page last updated 3/26/2023.