|His sound has been described as one of the most distinctive in modern music, and his stature as a versatile jazz instrumentalist, television personality, and recording star is unrivalled. David Sanborn stands out among saxophone players as the rare artist who is both sought-after by other headliners and who also maintains a clear solo path of his own. A five-time Grammy winner and international touring performer, Sanborn commands an audience that reaches back to his R&B roots and stretches forward to embrace fans of mainstream pop and jazz. In short, Sanborn has established himself as a singular presence on today's music scene.
On his Elektra Entertainment debut release, "Another Hand," David Sanborn brings his unmistakable sound to a jazz recording made with the participation of such legends as drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Charlie Haden, with guitarists Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot and keyboardist Terry Adams of NRBQ, among others, joining in on selected tracks. The shimmering ballads, up-ternpo tunes, and improvisatory playing on 'Another Hand" combine to form one of Sanborn's most exciting, challenging and integrated releases, and one in which he takes great pride and pleasure.
"I wanted to bring players together who had distinctive sounds and styles," says David of "Another Hand." "It's like creating a painting, with the different hues that people bring. And for me, the acoustic ambience allowed me to explore the mezzo piano and piano range of the saxophone that electric music doesn't allow, the woodwind side of the instrument. Hal Willner and I also wanted to make a kind of aural experience that takes the listener on a little trip, like FM radio used to be 25 years ago. The choice and sequence of tunes were put together to be very personal."
To list David Sanborn's achievements is no easy undertaking; the man has played with everyone and is among the most favored alto players in rock, pop and jazz. He's a regular guest on the David Letterman show, where he has backed up the cream of the musical crop and brought his soulful rhythm and blues-based . groove to millions of viewers. He has hosted his own television show, the widely acclaimed and ground breaking "Night Music," an eclectic, stellar journey that brought together talent from all corners of the sonic globe. He hosts "The David Sanborn Show," a weekly radio program broadcast by nearly 200 stations across the country. And then, there are the artists with whom he has collaborated, a list that literally encompasses a "Who's Who" of hit makers.
David's love affair with music began in his hometown of St. Louis. He could often be found scouring the city's R&B clubs, enthralled
by what he heard. "That's where my roots are," he says, "back there in St. Louis. The stuff I heard then, players like Hank Crawford (who was saxophonist for the old Ray Charles Band) really made a huge impression on me." After studying music at Northwestern University, David travelled to San Francisco, where in 1967 he joined the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. His tenure with Butterfield lasted four years, where he began to attract attention for his approach to a solo. The years following brought David more notice. Among his varied appearances included work on Stevie Wonder's breakthrough "Talking Book," sessions with Paul Simon, the catchy solo on James Taylor's hit remake of "How Sweet It Is," and sessions with James Brown, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen (on "Born To Run"), The Rolling Stones, Roger Waters, and most notably the blistering burst of sound on David Bowie's Top 10 smash, "Young American."
David stepped forward as a solo artist in 1975, with the release of "Taking Off." The buzz surrounding David Sanborn was becoming more audible, as he brought his sound from the confines of the studio to the public. Further releases soon followed: "Sanborn," "Promise Me The Moon," and in 1978, his fourth solo recording, "Heart To Heart." In 1980 came "Hideaway," which marked a new phase in his progression. He both composed and played the music on this album and found the effort rewarded by both critical praise and ever-increasing fan support. "Hideaway" stayed on the charts for over a year, and earned a Grammy nomination as best R&B Instrumental Performance. With his next record, "Voyeur," Sanborn clinched the Grammy. Time after time, David managed to top himself, as with the 1982 "As We Speak," which featured a vast array of contemporary jazz and funk talent.
"Straight To The Heart" was the ninth album and his first live recording. More releases followed—the 1986 "Double Vision" and the gold record "A Change of Heart," which contained the 1987 R&B Grammy Instrumental winner "Chicago Song." In all, Sanborn has recorded an impressive 11 solo albums, all the while continuing his session work and the guest gigs with his friends.
1991 kicks off a new chapter in David Sanborn's superlative-laden career. "Another Hand" is easily Sanborn's most jazz-influenced and adventuresome effort. By working with both jazz notables and some of today's most admired rock players, David Sanborn takes his trademark sound to another level and the result is an album of quiet intensity, beauty and timelessness.
"I'm real excited about this record, and I'm thrilled to have the calibre of musicians participating that I do," David says. From the clean lines and cool notes of "Hobbies," the eclectic bop of "Devil at 4 O'clock," or the haunting reworking of the Velvet Underground's "Jesus," Sanborn is both taking chances and converting more fans. The sound is pure, acoustically clean, unfettered by technical wizardry: just a man, a band, and that unmistakable saxophone sound, a sound that can only belong to David Sanborn.
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