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Return of the Original Hip Hop Horn Section

From 1980-1982, Chops Horns were the house horn section for Sugar Hill Records, playing on countless classic hip-hop tracks like “Freedom”, “She’s Fresh”, “It’s Nasty”, “Monster Jam”, “8th Wonder”, “Apache”, and “That’s the Joint.”


Saxophonist and New Jersey native Darryl Dixon cut his teeth as a member of George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic collective. After his exit, he founded Chops, and in short time they were recording with Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, The Sequence, and The Sugarhill Gang


Often sampled but seldom credited, the ever in-demand horn section spent the next thirty years lending their credibility and signature arrangements to some of the biggest artists in the world (The Police, The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera). But a chance meeting while on tour in Toronto, Canada between Dixon, leader David Watson, and era.lander, a singer, writer, and producer with multiple Billboard© top-five singles under his belt, laid the groundwork for a long overdue coming out party.

The result: Chops ‘n’ Soul, a collaboration that would go on to feature other P-Funk alumni Bernie Worrell (George Clinton, Talking Heads), Dennis Chambers (John Scofield, John McLaughlin) and Fred Wesley (James Brown, the JBs).

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