I'll play any part you need on tenor or alto sax, whether it's a flowing melody, a ripping solo, or multiple harmonies throughout an entire song.
I've been playing saxophone since 2004 and have recorded everything from commercial jingles to full songs. I've been fortunate enough to perform on hundreds of tracks released around the world, and I love working with musicians across any genre.
Influences: Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Sam Butera, The Budos Band, The Stooges, Snarky Puppy
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18 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Cameron Black
Cameron delivered a great job. super professional and skilled on saxophone. Good communication and fast delivery. I give Cameron my best recommendations.
Cameron did excelent work with the sax and took my song to a whole other level! Good communicatation and fast respond!
I will definitely use this guy more in the future.
Cameron delivered a really great sounding part and nailed what I was looking for. Very professional. Recommended!
It was a really good experience working with Cameron... absolutely professional , fast and amazing ! if you need sick sax tones , please contact him.
Cameron was excellent. He recorded a tenor sax solo for me that was exactly what I was looking for. His playing was tasteful and the sax was recorded perfectly. He was prompt and professional the entire way. Highly recommended!
Cameron is an awesome saxophone player, and every time I work with him he never fails to deliver awesome tracks. He's extremely talented, patient, and fast. Highly recommended.
Cameron worked and played on a jazzy soul song, and he delivered a sax part that matched the tones of the song and was very willing to experiment with revisions. Definitely recommend him.
He killed it on the first take! For sure will hire Cameron again for sax playing!
Great player, superfast turnaround! Highly recomended!
Great working with Cameron, he was able to understand the direction and style I was going for. Would hire him again 5*
All this dude needs is one try :)
Cameron is an amazingly talented saxophone player and overall musician. He is great at both writing original parts as well as taking direction for parts. He has an incredible ear for music and is able to work very quickly at the highest level of quality in playing, tonality, writing, recording, and overall performance. He also can play a vast variety of different genres and styles. On top of all of this, he is very easy to work with and overall very cool and easygoing guy. I highly recommend to anybody looking for saxophone on their tracks!
Cameron has the best tone and phrasing as a saxophonist I’ve ever heard. He’s extremely sharp, affable, and easy to work with. Highly recommended!
Cameron played Sax on my upcoming album, and he also performed live with me! Although I personally botched our performance, his intuition and recovery saved the day! His thoughtful melodies are unique and eclectic like him, and truly he is brilliant in musicianship. On stage, he is magnetic and steals the show. His caliber of talent and ingenuity are unparalleled, and he is as trustworthy as he is productive. Cameron Black is the real deal!
Cameron has always been a pleasure to work with. He is a very kind, understanding, and down to earth human being. Not only does he demonstrate exceptional musical and stylistic competence, but he can also be called upon to get wild and think outside of the box if that's what you need him to do. I would absolutely recommend him for live performance or studio work.
Cameron Black is hands down one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever heard. As someone who’s been in the music industry for quite a while now, I truly believe he is the perfect addition to any band and can’t wait to bring him into future projects of my own someday. I’ve seen him perform live, on stage and in studio and his sax parts are SO tasty - totally the icing on the cake! He’s crazy talented, very professional, dependable and one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. I’ve seen his immense talent and positive energy lift songs to the next level. This guy is no joke! Highly recommend!
Cameron is an incredible talent!
I've worked with him a few times and he always delivers exactly what's needed for my tracks. Give him some space to do his thing and you won't be disappointed!
Hire him. Now. Go on.
I look forward to working with him again! <3
Interview with Cameron Black
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love inspiring others and bringing a rare instrument to the table. There's nothing better than making someone's song closer to what they hear in their head, and it's honestly an honor to play on every track I can.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Which saxophone would you like to have played on your track? Tenor is lower-pitched and warmer in terms of tone, and Alto is higher pitched and cuts through on high notes a bit more. What is the melody, idea, or mood you're looking for?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have some ideas in your head, and make sure you share references that you might have! It's good to know whether you want alto or tenor sax before ordering, but if you don't know which one you'd like, spend some time listening to examples of both because the tones, though similar, are very different!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. A case that avoids sand. 2. My reed box. 3. The alto (it's much lighter). 4. Mouthpiece. 5. Sturdy Stand.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path is to be doing what I'm doing, just more of it. I've been playing saxophone since 2003 and I haven't stopped since. I've been fortunate enough to be on hundreds of stages and asked to play on hundreds of tracks, and I'd love for that to just be the beginning of my musical career.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is a blend of rock, funk, and bossa nova style jazz. Since saxophone spans such a wide variety of genres, my influences as a teenager were all over the place, but my idols included Sam Butera, Sonny Rollins, and Stan Getz. I'd like to think my sound is a mixture between all three.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Vulfpeck. They are incredibly creative and you can tell how much fun they have together, and that's what it's really all about.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't be afraid to overshare references or ask for revisions! I love playing and part of working together online means communicating exactly what you're looking for.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work with any genre, but I've mainly been seeing rock/electronic/funk sax making a resurgence. I love playing on any song, especially, rock, bossa nova, or blues-oriented.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ability to communicate, both musically and verbally. I want to know exactly what you're looking for, and I can adapt very well to a song's particular "voice" and convey emotion very well with the instrument.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring nearly two decades of experience, including performing on hundreds of tracks and stages across the US and abroad. With that experience comes the more important skill of knowing exactly when to, and when not to, play. The saxophone is a unique instrument, and knowing just how to use it in the right way can make or break a song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically, I receive a track from a client who will explain what's missing (a horn melody, a solo, etc.). Sometimes people will include a reference as far as the attitude or emotion they'd like me to convey, and if that is included I will listen to that after listening to their track. Once I understand what the client is looking for, I'll play multiple takes in my studio, then send to the client for confirmation. If they want something tweaked, I offer unlimited revisions until they are happy.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I'm currently using Logic Pro and recording through an Apogee Duet. I use a clip-on sax mic and play on an alto and tenor saxophone, both Eastman 52nd St. models.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love the classic hidden multi-instrumentalists, especially when it comes to saxophone. Curtis Mayfield is one of my biggest influences as far as sound, and Scott Hansen (Tycho) is a modern-day influence as far as workflow and feel.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I play alto or tenor saxophone on tracks spanning any and every genre. Whether it's a solo, a melody, or harmonies throughout a song, I work with artists to bring live sax to their tracks.