King Curtis

“Play that song called ‘Soul Twist,’ sang Sam Cooke with a small nod and a sly grin in the direction of “King” Curtis Ousley. Master of the bootin’ sax sound that defined just exactly the spot where R&B hucklebucked loose of jazz, King Curtis played on practically every rock, soul, and R&B hit with a tenor solo between 1955 and the premature end of his soul serenade in 1971. Somewhere in him was the sound a shaving makes when a wood-plane curls it off a plank; that sound may be in all of us, but King Curtis knew how to set it free, turn it loose, and toss it out onto the dancefloor. Which was probably made of pine planks.