Although everyone associates the timeless ‘New York State Of Mind’ with the equally evergreen Billy Joel, what is less known is that the famous sax line from the song was originally played by Richie Cannata. He has toured and recorded with Joel’s band from as far back as 1975 and since ‘New York State Of Mind’ was released Cannata has performed it around the world countless times.
Now, as part of his own self-titled CD, Cannata has included an instrumental version of this familiar tune that features baseball player turned smooth jazz artist Bernie Williams on guitar. Given that Cannata was born in Brooklyn and Williams played for the Yankees its fair to say that a ‘New York State Of Mind’ is something that comes easily to both of them.
‘New York State Of Mind’ by Richie Cannata is out now as a radio single and is well worth listening out for.