|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||progressive rock saxophone instrumental rock 80s crossover jazz ambient instrumental electronic krautrock new age uk art-rock classical crossover unclassifiable roxy|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||Allmusic OtherDatabases Secondhandsongs Secondhandsongs VIAF Wikidata Wikidata Wikipedia Wikipedia|
23 July 1946, Lostwithiel, Cornwall, England. Originally a classical musician, Mackay switched to rock, and while at Reading University, played saxophone in R&B band, the Nova Express. After answering an advertisement placed by Bryan Ferry, Mackay was offered a place in Roxy Music. Within a year and a half, the band were acclaimed as one of the most exciting new prospects on the UK rock scene. Much of their power came from the breathtaking saxophone work of Mackay. Such was his credibility that, in 1974, he was given leave to release a solo album, In Search Of Eddie Riff. With a wealth of backing musicians, including Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, Eddie Jobson, Paul Thompson and John Porter, Mackay recorded an instrumental album on which he demonstrated his musical talent. It was an idiosyncratic work containing a selection of rock numbers and updated classics such as Jimmy Ruffins What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted? and the Beatles...