This is the first in a series of many “Song of the Day” posts, hopefully.  The penultimate, altissimo tenor sax player, Lenny Pickett with the UMO Orchestra with his take on the Tower of Power classic What is Hip?  Of course, Lenny recorded and played this many times with TOP during his nearly 10 years with the band. “The Prescription”, only his second solo album was released in 2014 and showcases his funky talent.

If you don’t know him, he’s also been in the SNL band since 1985 and its musical director since 1995.  If you dig the intro and outro from SNL, you’ve listened to Lenny.  He’s now a jazz professor at NYU as well and often sits in with TOP when they play in NYC.