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Ernie Watts

Primary Instrument: Reeds

Born: October 23, 1945    

Two-time Grammy Award winner Ernie Watts is one of the most versatile and prolific saxophone players on the music scene. In a diverse career that has spanned more than thirty years, he has been featured on more than 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa, always exhibiting his unforgettable trademark sound.

After 18 solo records for a variety of labels, large and small, Watts started Flying Dolphin Records, a company he runs with his wife Patricia. Flying Dolphin (distributed by Burnside Distribution Corp.) begins a new chapter for the artist’s creative expression. “I’ve been touring and recording for over 30 years in every kind of musical setting. I’ve reached a place in my life and career where I need to make music on my terms. Starting my own label provided me with a new sense of freedom.”...
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    A Simple Truth

    Flying Dolphin Records
    2014
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    Oasis

    Flying Dolphin Records
    2011
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    To The Point - Live at the Jazz Bakery

    Flying Dolphin Records
    2009
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    Ernie Watts: To the Point - Live at the Jazz Bakery

    Flying Dolphin Records
    2008
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    Analog Man

    Flying Dolphin Records
    2007
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    The Tenor Trio

    Sheer Sound
    1997
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    The Long Road Home

    JVC
    1997
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Featured recording “A Simple Truth”

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A Simple Truth

Flying Dolphin Records (2014)
”Watts plays in a virtuosic post-Coltrane style, with a fine, distinctive tone and an expansive technique that permits him to generate long, cleanly articulated lines that dance along confidently even at challenging tempos...” -JazzTimes Magazine
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