Simon Clarke’s credit list reads like a who’s who of rock and pop over the last 15 years: Blur, Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Geri Halliwell, Jamiroquoi, Tom Jones, Baba Maal, Primal Scream, The Rolling Stones, S Club 7, The Spice Girls, Stereo MCs, Rod Stewart, Pete Townshend.
When it comes to alto and baritone saxophones, he is, quite simply, the business. He has recently recorded with David Gray, Rufus Wainwright and Eric Clapton. He has regularly contributed to Music For Sport since the early years, and has produced tracks in a wide range of styles.
Simon is a founder member of the Kick Horns, a UK horn section based in London.
They played on “Green Light” by Beyoncé, “Let Me Go” by Maverick Sabre, Once Upon a Time in the West by Hard-Fi and the number one single “Wings” by Little Mix. They have toured extensively with Eric Clapton and played on his albums From the Cradle and Back Home. Other live work includes stints with The Who, The Waterboys, Baaba Maal, Deacon Blue and German superstar Westernhagen. Recorded horns for recent hits for Sigma feat. Paloma Faith – (no.1 Autumn 2014), Little Mix’s Salute and Ella Eyre’s stunning debut If I Go, and also for Olly Murs ‘Never been better’.
Recordings for rock’s royalty include Steel Wheels by The Rolling Stones, White City by Pete Townshend and About Face by David Gilmour. Notable contributions are made to Connected by the Stereo MCs, Modern Life is Rubbish, Parklife and The Great Escape by Blur, Anutha Zone by Dr John and Want One by Rufus Wainwright. Among many other artists on their CV are the imagined village, the Beautiful South, the Spice Girls, Jamiroquai, Chris Rea, S Club 7, Spiritualized, Groove Armada, Gabrielle, Supergrass, Verve, Dodgy, Primal Scream, Finley Quaye, China Crisis and Erasure.
They are known for their work with African artists including Baaba Maal, Oumou Sangare, Maryam Mursal, Cheb Khaled, Faudel and Rachid Taha, and also have been part of many Africa Express gigs.