David Sanborn: Only Everything (2010)

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David Sanborn: Only Everything
Only Everything is alto saxophonist David Sanborn's second straight release paying homage to one of his greatest and earliest influences, Ray Charles
Ray Charles
Ray Charles
1930 - 2004
piano
. While some jazz purists may dismiss Sanborn as a slick TV personality and practitioner of smooth or pop jazz, he's always had firm roots in bluesy, R&B-based jazz, dating to his early days playing with the likes of Albert King
Albert King
Albert King
1923 - 1992
guitar, electric
and the Paul Butterfield
Paul Butterfield
Paul Butterfield
1942 - 1987
harmonica
Blues Band. And along with his more commercially calculated recordings, he's released some excellent straight-ahead, even experimental albums over the years, notably 1991's out-of-left-field Another Hand (Elektra), which featured Sanborn in the company of Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden
1937 - 2014
bass, acoustic
, Marc Ribot
Marc Ribot
Marc Ribot
b.1954
guitar
and Bill Frisell
Bill Frisell
Bill Frisell
b.1951
guitar
, among others.

On Only Everything, Sanborn is joined by a tight, small group featuring the hard-grooving organist Joey DeFrancesco
Joey DeFrancesco
Joey DeFrancesco
b.1971
organ, Hammond B3
and the well-traveled drum dynamo Steve Gadd
Steve Gadd
Steve Gadd
b.1945
drums
. The addition of a four-member horn section—Bob Malach (tenor), Frank Basile
Frank Basile
Frank Basile
b.1978
sax, baritone
(baritone), Tony Kadlock (trumpet) and Mike Davis (bass trombone)—on about half the tracks gives the album a 'little big band' vibe that evokes Charles' 1961 Atlantic classic Genius + Soul = Jazz.

Like its predecessor, 2008's well-received Here and Gone (Verve), Only Everything highlights the contributions of Charles' star saxophonists Hank Crawford

Hank Crawford
Hank Crawford
1934 - 2009
sax, alto
and David "Fathead" Newman
David
David "Fathead" Newman
1933 - 2009
sax, tenor
, both of whom passed away last year within days of each other. Sanborn pays tribute to his fellow saxmen here with a rousing take on Crawford's "The Peeper" and a moving treatment of Newman's signature tune, "Hard Times." Throughout, Sanborn's earthy, slightly tart alto and DeFrancesco's booming, soulful organ make a compelling pairing, with the often subdued Sanborn playing with unexpected fire and the flashy DeFrancesco showing some welcome restraint.

The album's two vocal guests have mixed results. Young pop-soul star Joss Stone has great chops, but tries too hard on "Let the Good Times Roll" while the always relaxed James Taylor fares better on a cool, low-key reading of "Hallelujah, I Love Her So."

Track Listing: The Peeper; Only Everything (For Genevieve); Hard Times;Let The Good Times Roll; Baby Won't You Please Come Home; You've Changed; Hallelujah I Love Her So; Blues In The Night.

Personnel: David Sanborn: alto sax; Joey DeFrancesco: organ; Steve Gadd: drums; Bob Malach: tenor sax; Frank Basile: baritone sax; Tony Kadlock: trumpet; Mike Davis: bass trombone; Joss Stone: vocals; James Taylor: vocals.

Record Label: Decca Music Group

Style: R&B/Soul


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