Sax great Charles Owens counts Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, Marvin Gaye among past collaborators

Sax great Charles Owens counts Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, Marvin Gaye among past collaborators

The year was 1972 and Charles Owens’ reputation as one of the most gifted and versatile young musicians in Los Angeles was growing by the day.

At the time, Owens — who’d already earned attention for his sterling work with drum legend Buddy Rich and Latin-jazz great Mongo Santamaria — was a member...