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Ernie Watts

ts, *1945 US, Norfolk, Virginia
Musician / Composer of R&B/Soul, Jazz and Rock
A.k.a. Ernest James Watts

Ernest James "Ernie" Watts (born October 23, 1945) is an American jazz and rhythm and blues musician. He plays saxophone (tenor, alto and soprano) and flute. He might be best known for his work with Charlie Haden's Quartet West and his Grammy Awards as an instrumentalist. He has also toured with The Rolling Stones, joining them on their 1981 tour and also appearing with them in the 1982 film Let's Spend the Night Together.He is noted for playing "The Mystery Horn" (actually a Conn straight-necked C Melody Saxophone) solo on Frank Zappa's album The Grand Wazoo in 1972.

  • Tenor sax
  • Flute
  • Saxophone
  • Alto sax
  • Soprano sax
  • R&B/Soul
  • Jazz
  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Electronic
Popular Tracks   
Joshua on Analog Man by Ernie Watts
Children's Games on A Twist Of Jobim by Various Artists
Lamento on A Twist Of Jobim by Various Artists
Superfly on Impressions of Curtis Mayfield by Jazz Soul Seven
Four Days on Four Days by Kerem Görsev Trio & Ernie Watts
It's All Right on Impressions of Curtis Mayfield by Jazz Soul Seven
In A Sentimental Mood on Classic Moods by Ernie Watts
Move on Up on Impressions of Curtis Mayfield by Jazz Soul Seven
Conversation With the Bass on Four Days by Kerem Görsev Trio & Ernie Watts
Freddie's Dead on Impressions of Curtis Mayfield by Jazz Soul Seven

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Four DaysKerem Görsev Trio, Ernie Watts2015Album
EmirganKerem Görsev Trio And Ernie Watts2014Album
All BluesPlas Johnson, Ernie Watts, L.A. R&B Project2008Album
TransitMSM Schmidt Featuring Rick Braun, Vinnie Colaiuta, Kirk Covington, Jimmy Earl, Brandon Fields, Ric Fierabracci, Mitchel Forman, David Garfield, Jimmy Haslip, Scott Kinsey, Will Lee, Joel Rosenblatt, Steve Tavaglione, Ernest Tibbs, Ernie Watts2007Album
View From AfarThe Larry Steen World Jazz Ensemble With Special Guests: Ernie Watts, Robben Ford, Russell Ferrante2003Album
The Tasting RoomLou Rovner Small Big Band Featuring Ernie Watts, Bobby Shew, Bill Watrous2002Album
ReflectionsErnie Watts, Ron Feuer2001Album
Classic MoodsErnie Watts1998Album
4tuneErnie Watts & Chick Corea1997Album
The Tenor TrioErnie Watts / Pete Christlieb / Rickey Woodard1997Album
The Long Road HomeErnie Watts1996Album
Blues For The Saxophone ClubEldee Young, Ernie Watts, Red Holt, Jeremy Monteiro, O'Donel Levy1996Album
UnityErnie Watts1995Album
FourtuneChick Corea, John Dentz, Andrew Simpkins, Ernie Watts1994Album
Reaching UpErnie Watts1994Album
Stand UpErnie Watts1993Album
Afoxé (Ah-Fo-Shay)Ernie Watts With Gilberto Gil1991Compil.
AfoxeErnie Watts1991Album
Select Live Saxophone Workshop 1989Michael Brecker, Stanley Turrentine, Bill Evans, Ernie Watts1989Album
Lift OffErnie Watts With Gamalon1989Single
Project: Activation EarthErnie Watts With Gamalon1989Album
Rique PantojaRique Pantoja Featuring Ernie Watts1989Album
Live At The Basement Volume One Rolling ThunderThe Bruce Cale Orchestra Featuring Ernie Watts1987Album
ImplosionsStanley Clarke, Randy Brecker, Frank Morgan, Ernie Watts, Eric Gale, McCoy Tyner, Roger Kellaway, Peter Erskine1987Album
ImplosionsStanley Clarke, Frank Morgan, Roger Kellaway, Eric Gale, Ernie Watts, McCoy Tyner, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine1987Album
SanctuaryErnie Watts1986Album
MusicanErnie Watts1985Album
One LoveErnie Watts1985Single
One Love / Rock CampingErnie Watts1985Single
Music Prayer For Peace / Rock CampingErnie Watts1985Single
Chariots Of FireErnie Watts1982Album
Hold On / GigoloErnie Watts1982Album
Chariots Of Fire / Hold OnErnie Watts1981Single
Chariots Of FireErnie Watts1981Album
Just Holdin' OnErnie Watts1980Single
Look In Your HeartErnie Watts1980Album
Come TogetherRichard "Groove" Holmes And Ernie Watts1970Album
Hold On Me / Ring Me TonightKlaus-Peter Schöpfer featuring Ernie WattsSingle
Hold On MeKlaus Peter Schöpfer & Friends Featuring Ernie WattsAlbum
Please Stay / I Can Hear YouKlaus-Peter Schöpfer featuring Ernie WattsSingle
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