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Album Review

Directly following his adventurous Another Hand, some listeners were disappointed with the fact that David Sanborn did not permanently switch from R&B/crossover to creative jazz. However, Upfront is generally quite appealing and takes some chances within its genre. Although bassist Marcus Miller is once again an important collaborator, the emphasis is on "real" instruments, most notably the organ of Ricky Peterson. Other musicians in the backup groups include John Purcell on various reeds, trumpeter Randy Brecker, drummer Steve Jordan and guest Eric Clapton, who takes a guitar solo on "Full House." The most unusual selection is the final cut, a version of Ornette Coleman's "Ramblin'" that finds Sanborn, Miller, Peterson and Jordan joined by the avant-garde trumpeter Herb Robertson. Overall, this is an above-average effort from the highly influential altoist.

Customer Reviews

Bang Bang

If you really like tapping your feet and feeling good , then this song is the catalyst . Turn this up on a quality stereo and you will be back for more . Whole album is very good but, Bang Bang is the platinum single of the album.

Mr. Sanborn, I approve

I've owned this CD since about '98, and its still one of my favorite jazz albums. The album is a mixture of relaxing jams and upbeat melodic radio hits. Sanborn did this one right and it is arguably one of his best collections in my opinion. Snakes, Benny, and Bang Bang are my favorites. David Sanborn rivals Kenny G and other saxophonists of his time with his incredible solos, and catchy melodies backed by exciting rythyms. If you are a jazz fan you'll appreciate David's creativity and it's a must have album. If you are not a jazz fan, then you may not appreciate the jams as much as the radio destined tracks. Either way, this album is definately worth a look-see.

One of the Best...

This is one of the best Groove oriented Jazz albums of all time. Right up there with Herbie Hancock's work during the 70s etc. This won't disappoint if you're a fan of funky instrumentals. It simply doesn't get any better than this. Great production and a superb supporting cast.


Born: July 30, 1945 in Tampa, FL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

David Sanborn is a Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer and arranger. A pioneer of contemporary jazz, he is also a prolific session man in pop, R&B, blues, funk, and jazz. His solos have graced records by popular artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Todd Rundgren, Bobby Charles, Roger Waters, Esther Phillips, James Brown, Ween, and over a hundred more. As a composer and bandleader, he has, since the beginning, combined genres, making him a pioneer of crossover music and contemporary...
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