Jazz virtuoso Kamasi Washington spoke to Double J about his early days in music, including one of his first big sessions jobs as a part of Ryan Adams’ recording of his 2001 record Gold.
Washington wound up making the album, contributing the iconic sax solo to the single “New York, New York.” As he recalls, the final version happened by a mistake in the studio. “I did two takes and somehow they both played at the same time,” Washington said. “They were like, ‘Oh, that sounds cool! Let’s keep it like that!’”
He added, “It sounds like I did it on purpose, but I didn’t. Even hearing it, I was like, ‘Oh wow, that’s cool!’”
Adams also responded on Twitter, saying, “Honestly I dare anybody to try and pick a favorite when Kamasi Washington plays more than one solo on your song!”