Ernest James Watts, 23 October 1945, Norfolk, Virginia, USA. After studying at the Berklee College Of Music Watts was hired by Buddy Rich with whom he played saxophone, mostly tenor, for two years in the late 60s. He then became a studio musician, working extensively in Los Angeles but also finding time to play, and sometimes tour, with jazz musicians such as Gerald Wilson, Oliver Nelson and Cannonball Adderley. In the mid- and late 70s he showed his versatility by playing comfortably with the jazz rock band led by Lee Ritenour and accompanying jazz instrumentalists such as Sadao Watanabe and J.J. Johnson and jazz singer Anita ODay. During these years he appeared on countless recording dates, accompanying scores of pop, rock and jazz artists. He continued this diversified approach to his work throughout the 80s, playing with the Rolling Stones, Tom Scott, Stanley Clarke, Ritenour, Kazumi Watanabe, Charlie Haden and his own jazz rock group. Although...
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