Brian Donohoe

Saxes, Keyboards, Woodwinds

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My experience working with Grammy-winning producers like Adrian Quesada (Black Pumas/Grupo Fantasma), Michael League (Snarky Puppy/David Crosby), and Jacob Sciba (Gary Clark Jr.) has led to my obsession with dialing in the perfect vibe for a song. Saxophones, keyboards, & woodwinds can be central to a recording or the magic sparkle on top.

Your piece might need an energetic tenor solo -- like Wayne Shorter with Joni Mitchell, Branford Marsalis with Sting, Michael Brecker with Paul Simon. Maybe it needs a stacked section along the lines of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, or Fela Kuti. A pad of flutes and clarinets, like Bon Iver. Wurlitzer like Donny Hathaway, or lush synth pads like Brian Eno, or Rhodes like Donald Fagen, or a combination of all of the above.

I can create as much or as little of the arrangement as you need, and I'll work with you to dial in exactly what you need over two free revisions that are included in my pricing. If you have written sheet music, I can use it to track precisely the arrangement you've worked so hard on. If you have a demo and verbalized descriptions of your goal, I can make that happen too. I prioritize clear, cordial, and productive communication so I can come to understand what you need as thoroughly and intuitively as possible.

Working with fellow creators is a wonderful occupation that I don't take for granted. Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions. Let's make some music happen!

(I record in a well-treated room with top quality gear including a great selection of condenser, dynamic, and ribbon mics, excellent preamps, industry-leading converters, powerful software, and extensive experience with all of it.)

Send me a note through the contact button above.

26 Reviews - 5 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Jeff May
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    Really captured the spirit of the song. Such a pleasure to work with someone so talented.

  2. Review by Francis L.
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    Brian really delivered a top notch performance on sax for my song. I was really impressed with the quick turnaround.

  3. Review by Bill H.
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    More stellar tracks from an outstanding player!!!

    Brian creates a ton of energy in his playing and provides tracks with both high quality sound and well fit parts.

    Always a pleasure to work with and super responsive!

    Highly recommended!!

  4. Review by Andy F.
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    Fantastic! A pleasure to work with Brian & there's no question I'll be back more for more as needs arise. Very empathetic to what I was aiming for & he totally delivered, providing several options for me to work with. The hardest thing is deciding which parts of each take to use 'cos they're all excellent! Super Pro clean recordings & files and really no need to look any further...

  5. Review by Matt
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    Brian crushes it again. He delivered top tiered sax stabs along with synth pads, rhodes keys and production. Third time we've worked with him, and look forward to much more.

  6. Review by Matt
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    Brian gets it right every time. This is the 2nd time I've worked with him in the past week, and I'm about to do another.... then another...

  7. Review by Natalie Diaz
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    What an EXCELLENT sax player. Brian is extremely talented and is great with quick turnarounds and deadlines. I am most definitely working with him soon! Thank you so much :)

  8. Review by Matt
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    Deep capacity to hang with challenging meter and chords. I will be a lifetime customer of this guy.

  9. Review by Kevin Martin
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    Talented performance, high-quality recording, very fast feedback, and friendly communication.

  10. Review by Danielle M.
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    Excellent musician and fast delivery. Brian provided some great sax work for my project.

  11. Review by Bill H.
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    Once again, Brian came through with an awesome sax solo track for one of my original tunes!

    Highly recommended for content, recording quality, responsiveness and professionalism.

  12. Review by Ramesh S.
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    Brian did a fantastic job. He is artistic, professional and open-minded; his performance(s) gave me exactly what I was looking for and I greatly look forward to working with him again.

  13. Review by Bill H.
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    Awesome player with great energy and approaches!

    Brian laid town a selection of groovin' solo tracks for my project. Excellent sound quality, content, execution and approaches.

    Highly recommended!

  14. Review by Chris W.
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    Brian is a total pro and a pleasure to work with!

  15. Review by Bill H.
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    Brian did an amazing job providing a smoldering energetic sax solo for my original tune Great recording quality, content and quick delivery. I am super impressed with his professionalism and can’t say enough about his ability to provide a relevant high quality product!

    Highly recommended!!!

  16. Review by Marcelo Quinonez
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    Awesome perfromances by Brian for my track. Stems were awesome, clean and sounded great as well. I definitely will be working with him again!

  17. Review by Rudy K.
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    Brian is a stellar saxophone player and really helped take my song to the next level. Always a pleasure working with him. Thanks again!

  18. Review by Owen D.
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    Another excellent sax/woodwind job on two tracks, thanks Brian!

  19. Review by Rudy K.
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    Work with Brian was great. He's a talented sax player, and made sure the final recordings were exactly what I was looking for. Will definitely be working with him again in the future!

  20. Review by Owen D.
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    Great experience working with Brian, he got the parts by ear very quickly and went over and above what I'd initially asked for by providing a few extra improvisations where he felt they would work, which they did very well. He was very open to a revision that I requested and again provided this very quickly.

  21. Review by Joren M.
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    Perfect work!

  22. Review by Andrew D.
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    Great communication. Excellent playing. Instinctively knew exactly what the songs needed. Pleasure to work with you. Thanks again! Andrew

  23. Review by Zoa W.
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    Brian was excellent in every respect (thoughtful communication, fast delivery, great recordings, etc.) and his tracks and creative ideas were exactly what we needed for our project. It was a great pleasure to work with him and we couldn’t have asked for more!

  24. Review by Steven L.
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    Super quick response and recording turnaround, top notch playing and audio quality. Definitely recommend!

  25. Review by Isamu McGregor
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    It's hard to find enough good things to say about Brian Donohoe. Musically, he's an absolute monster, playing roughly 150 different instruments at a high level and moving between different genres with ease. He is also a fantastic composer, and his ability to see things from a big-picture perspective informs everything he creates, which (in my opinion) gives them even more substance and significance. And on top of that, he's also a joy to work with. Like I said, Brian checks all the boxes. 10 stars out of 5.

  26. Review by Jordan Perlson
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    Brian is one of the most talented, skilled and knowledgable musicians I know. Sax, keys, arranging, electronics, you name it. You'd be hard pressed to find someone as good as he is at all of his specialties, let alone someone who can do them all at his level. Do not pass go, click 'Contact.'

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Progger: Transit

I was the composer, saxophonist, and keyboardist in this production

Terms Of Service

Pricing will include up to two revisions, after which a fee of $50/hour for further revisions will apply. Payment for all services will be required within seven days of completion.

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