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SOCAL JAZZ

David Sanborn: Stick Out Your Tongue

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It was a Sunday afternoon to remember for all of us. It was a most special day for a myriad of reasons. Multi Grammy award winning saxophonist David Sanborn was at the heart of it all. A big part of the story involves a little boy. An eleven year old named Isaac who plays the saxophone and idolizes Sanborn. He, not surprisingly, was elated to learn that he, along with his mom and my wife and I, was ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Shakin' All Over: Popular Music and Disbaility

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Shakin' All Over: Popular Music and Disability George McKay 230 pages ISBN: #978-0-472-05209-7 University of Michigan Press 2013 Given the vast quantities written about popular music culture it is perhaps surprising that so little critical space has been given to disability and popular music. Despite this anomaly, author George McKay, Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Salford, argues that there exist identifiable and powerful links between popular music and the “damaged" ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Bob James & David Sanborn: San Francisco, June 17, 2013

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Bob James & David Sanborn QuartetSF Jazz Center2013 San Francisco Jazz FestivalSan Francisco, CAJune 17, 2013Now in its 31st year, the San Francisco Jazz Festival has a new home, thanks to the updated digs now available via the SF Jazz Center which opened back in January. Over the course of the festival's 12-day run there would be performances by John Scofield, Gerald Clayton, Gregoire Maret, Kendrick Scott, and the reunion of Bob James ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bob James & David Sanborn: Quartette Humaine

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It's much easier to take Quartette Humaine at face value as an organic-and-acoustic outing between two high profile figures known for blurring the pop-jazz line than it is to take it under its marketed premise: a tribute to the famed partnership between pianist Dave Brubeck and saxophonist Paul Desmond. While pianist Bob James and saxophonist David Sanborn recorded this album a mere week after Brubeck's passing in December of 2012, the album isn't haunted by that legend's musical ghost(s); James, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Sanborn: Only Everything

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Only Everything is alto saxophonist David Sanborn's second straight release paying homage to one of his greatest and earliest influences, Ray Charles. 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 and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. And along with his more commercially calculated recordings, he's released some excellent ...

INTERVIEWS

David Sanborn: Sound and Silence

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Saxophonist David Sanborn is one of the most recognizable instrumentalists in modern music. From his many television appearances--on his own show, Night Music, and with David Letterman's band--to his popular records and tours, Sanborn is among the few names in jazz that non-jazzheads can recognize.

In 2008, Sanborn released Here & Gone (Decca, 2008), an album that pays tribute to saxophonist Hank Crawford, who was a key part of the Ray Charles band through many of its greatest ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Sanborn: Here & Gone

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Alto saxophonist/flutist David Sanborn has been associated with everything from electronica, fusion and disco-tinged recordings to Svengali (Atlantic, 1973), a now-classic set he recorded with Gil Evans. Although he's acknowledged as having been influenced by Hank Crawford, Charlie Parker and Jackie McLean, he's not easily categorizable. Other musical partners have been as diverse as Billy Butterfield early on in his career, to Stevie Wonder and The Brecker Brothers. For this set it's a typically diverse gathering of musicians.

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Sanborn: Here & Gone

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It would not be hard to accuse Here & Gone of being commercially contrived. The disk features a 'prominent musician' playing duets with other prominent musicians. This is not exactly a new formula, but considering that the 'prominent musician' in question is David Sanborn--and that he duets with the likes of Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, and Wallace Roney--interest must be piqued at least a little.

Say the name Dave Sanborn, and the late baby boomer listener will immediately identify him ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Sanborn: Here & Gone

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Whether contributing a solo for Steely Dan or backing up Maynard Ferguson, David Sanborn quickly made a name for himself as both a sideman and a bandleader more than three decades ago. And like a true musician, he keeps going and going. Sanborn journeys to the days of big bands and St. Louis clubs with Here & Gone. Sanborn effortlessly straddles the worlds of both pop and jazz. Among his contributions are the themes to Saturday Night Live ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Sanborn: Closer

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David Sanborn may never again pack the wallop of his early solo career in the 1970s and '80s, but he's still a strong draw for many serious fusion fans and usually demonstrates enough innovation to keep things at least interesting.

Closer continues revisiting his early career styles in the vein of 2003's Timeagain, bringing the core of that album's band to this early 2005 release. It's full of possibilities, but doesn't quite achieve them, as the laid ...