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Tim Ries: Not Only Rock ‘N’ Roll

Tim Ries

Saxophonist Tim Ries turned some heads back in 2005 with The Rolling Stones Project, which featured jazzy interpretations of Stones staples like “Satisfaction,” “Gimme Shelter,” “Street Fighting Man” and a greasy organ trio rendition of “Honky Tonk Women” with Larry Goldings on Hammond B3 and the Stones’ Charlie Watts himself on drums. Some hardcore jazz folks were startled, but who better to interpret those familiar tunes than a member of the Stones’ horn section?

A graduate of North Texas State and a former member of the Maynard Ferguson Big Band, as well as a participant in large ensemble recordings by Joe Henderson, Bob Belden, Dave Liebman and Maria Schneider, Ries had already distinguished himself as an accomplished composer and distinctive soloist on both tenor and soprano saxes before getting the call 10 years ago from Mick and the boys to join “The World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band” on tour. “It really came out of the blue,” Ries recalls. “I knew the guys in the Stones’ horn section-trombonist Mike Davis, trumpeter Kent Smith and saxophonist Andy Snitzer. At some point Andy decided to leave the band and go out with Paul Simon. So they called me and I said yes.”

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