Review – Here and Gone from David Sanborn

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David Sanborn is back with an album that likely will serve as a highlight in his career.

What upfront was to funk, Here and Gone might be to soul and blues. Sanborn pays homage to the music that inspired him, especially the music of Hank Crawford.

“Hank was the great saxophonist and arranger for Ray Charles in the 1950s and early ’60s, and his arrangements and playing were central to me in forming my ideas about what music was and should be,” states Sanborn. “He had such a wonderful economy in what he did: He didn’t waste any notes, and there was nothing superfluous about his playing.”

To help realize the vision he had for this recording, the saxman brought in some names: Christian McBride and Steve Gadd are the rhythm section and Eric Clapton sings and plays “I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town.” Also contributing are Joss Stone, Sam Moore, Gil Goldstein, Russell Malone, and Wallace Roney.

I didn’t receive an advance on Here and Gone but I did hear three cuts. I don’t know if it’s a word but I’m describing it as “rootsy.” I mean, it’s Sanborn playing the style that influenced him, and it doesn’t sound like it’s a slick, overly polished record. Rootsy.

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2 responses to “Review – Here and Gone from David Sanborn”

  1. Darwin D. Miles Avatar
    Darwin D. Miles

    It was very interesting to listen to you express your experiences and influences in music in your life. Your have been an inspiration in my life throughout the years. I am a musician, but I just play my trumpet a as kind of therepy type of thing. Playing my trumpet kind of relaxes me after a rough day at work.

    Darwin D. Miles,
    Your Fan forever.
    Hanover Pk, IL

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