David Sanborn: Songs From the Night Before
Sanborn's alto sax playing is, of course, wonderful. It's easy to hear why he is so widely imitated. This is the real thing. Sanborn knows just where to place the right tone inflections, ornamentation and rough-edged high squeals. His tone is soulful and his taste is exceptional.
Regarding the personnel, much of the credit and the blame for this album goes to producer / co-composer / keyboardist / bass and drum programmer Ricky Peterson; the compositions are good, his multi-faceted keyboards add good value to the album (especially on organ), but the production decision to use the bass and drum programming is this album's major fault. Dean Brown contributes some ballsy blues guitar, and Don Alias adds creative, excellent (as always) percussion.
Record Label: Elektra Records