ANFTD #21: Lenny Pickett

Posted by: admin on June 6, 2014 @ 3:56 pm
Filed under: Podcast

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Saxophonist Lenny Pickett joins ANFTD to talk about his very extraordinary career in music.  He and Dave talk about how he developed his language on the saxophone and thoughts on composition, electronics, life on the road with Tower of Power and some behind the scenes stories at Saturday Night Live. Drummond hips Dave and Michael to the new Animals as Leaders recording and how he got his car towed.

Lenny also has a new record, “The Prescription,” out June 10. Recorded in Helsinki, Finland, the album is a collaboration with the Finnish 19-piece big band UMO Jazz Orchestra.

“The Prescription” Lenny Pickett with the UMO
“Footsteps for Eb clarinet” Lenny Pickett, self released
“Machine_2x” Lenny Pickett, self released
“Gtr_1x” Lenny Pickett, self released
“Stanza at Night with Radio City” Alan Ginsberg with Lenny Pickett, “Lion For Real” Mercury/Polygram
“Inamorata”, Miles Davis, “Bitches Brew” Columbia Records
“Radio Blues Mystery, Lenny Pickett
“Saturday Night Live Theme Song” Howard Shore
“Lo’s Garden”, Kenny Werner, “Lawn Chair Society” Blue Note Records
“Waltz in A- Saturday Night Live exit music” Howard Shore
“Great Exhibition” Michael Bates, Greenleaf Music
“CAFO” Animals as Leaders, Joy of Motion, Prosthetic Records
“A Noise from the Deep” Dave Douglas, Greenleaf Music



  1. Cool interview with LENNY PICKETT.

    Comment by Scott Elias — June 9, 2014 @ 4:30 pm

  2. Digging this blog and podcast. Just listened to my old neighbor Lenny Pickett's interview with tracks.

    Comment by Kevin Bud Jones — September 4, 2014 @ 12:31 am

  3. Hi David,
    Cool hearing your interview with Lenny. I used to love seeing & hearing him way back in the day with TOP. Dancing that crazy legs dance with his tux tails and big fro swinging wildly on stage. All while blowing the most awesome solos with those incredibly high tones above the entire performance. Strong and clear, nearly whistles on this tenor sax.
    Tower of Power has never been the same without him.
    I wish I was on Steve Turre's chair.
    Respect from Copenhagen!

    Al Campos

    Comment by Al Campos — October 1, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

  4. Cheers from Montevideo Uruguay. This was an enlightening experience for me. The way Lenny expressed his thoughts are so clear and full of insight that I feel like listening to this for a second time to allow my brain to digest this better. More so, the open mindness and "dare" to transcend styles by the podcast just made it an instant favorite for me. Tackling and incorporating Animals As Leaders in what's supposed to be a Jazz flick takes the loneliness feeling away (at least for a bit). The most important thing to take from it and as a reminder to all of musicians trying to label stuff within a style or even limit oneself to a particular genre is SO limiting, this is just music and a medium to express feelings. All the best, Rod

    Comment by Rodrigo Cotelo — March 19, 2015 @ 2:04 pm

  5. Fascinating interview–never realized Lenny Pickett is such a multi-faceted musician. Always just thought of him as the saxophonist who blows high notes on SNL. What a life in music. Thanks for the interview and all you're doing to move music forward, Dave.

    Comment by Craig Carver — March 28, 2015 @ 2:49 pm

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