born on 16/2/1945 in Los Angeles, CA, United States
Pete Christlieb (born February 16, 1945) is a jazz bebop, West Coast jazz and hard bop tenor saxophonist.
Christlieb was born in Los Angeles, California and is the son of bassoonist Don Christlieb. Christlieb has worked with many musicians, such as Tom Waits, Louie Bellson, Chet Baker, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Steely Dan, Doc Severinsen, Warne Marsh, The Tonight Show Band starring Johnny Carson, and Bill Holman.
Christlieb played the legendary sax solos on Steely Dan's song Deacon Blues from the album Aja, Natalie Cole's Unforgettable, and the extended tenor sax solo on the song FM from the movie of the same name.
Christlieb currently plays with his recently formed 10-piece group, "Tall and Small Band;" the Bill Holman Orchestra; and his own quartet. Also, for years Pete has been involved in racing Dragsters, with his cars participating in numerous races in the Southwest and across the country. His team has won two national championships for Blown Alcohol Dragsters.
Christlieb plays his own signature series model of saxophone made by Cannonball Musical Instruments.
Mouthpiece & Reeds
Christlieb plays a vintage Berg Larsen metal mouthpiece (130/0)with Rico (plasticover No. 2) reeds.
- 150 MPH (1974) as a sideman with The Louie Bellson Orchestra
- The Heart of Saturday Night (1974) as a sideman with Tom Waits
- Nighthawks at the Diner (1975) as lead with Tom Waits
- The Louie Bellson Explosion (1975) as a sideman with The Louie Bellson Orchestra
- Louie Bellson's 7 (1976) with Blue Mitchell, Grant Geissman, Dick Nash, Ross Tompkins
- Matterhorn (1978) as a sideman with The Louie Bellson Orchestra
- Apogee (1978, Warner Bros. Records), produced by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker
- Night Song - Ahmad Jamal (Motown, 1980)
- Dreamland Express (John Denver, 1985 RCA, as session musician)
- Mosaic (1990, Capri Records)
- The Pete Christlieb-Andy Martin Quintet (1998, Woofy Records)
- For Heaven's Sake (1999, C.a.R.S. Records)
- Live at the Jazz Cave with the Lori Mechem Quartet (2007, Cognito Records)
- Reunion (2010, Origin Records), Hadley Caliman & Pete Christlieb
With Gene Ammons
- Free Again (Prestige, 1971)
With Sonny Criss
- Sonny's Dream (Birth of the New Cool) (Prestige, 1968)
- Yanow, Scott (2000). Bebop, p. 242243, Miller Freeman Books.
- Official website
- Pete Christlieb Signature Series Saxophones