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Acclaimed alto saxophonist David Sanborn has played nearly every genre of music, but his earthy tone and bluesy phrasing feel right at home regardless of the context. This time out of the chute, producer/bassist Marcus Miller and others join him for a typically excellent survey of originals and covers. A bluesy R&B groove drives “Can’t Get Next to You” with fine vocals from Tower of Power’s Larry Bragg, while The Crusaders’ Randy Crawford adds her light soulful voice to a smooth version of “Windmills of Your Mind.” Other highlights include the downright funky version of D’Angelo’s “Spanish Joint” and the celestial “Drift.”

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Missing Classic Sanborn grooves

I miss being able to pick up my horn and play along with every tune on his albums. Straight to the heart, Upfront, etc,
This album retains his unmistakable sound but reeds seem to be retaining a little too much moisture. I recently saw Dave endorsing a product called Reed Geek. I ordered one to see what it can do. Over all, the tunes are much too mellow for me to fall in love with. I find it difficult to give anything he does less than 5 stars but Time And The River lacks a little too much fire that has had me addicted to his sound for the last 30 years. You'll learn something new from listening, just like any album he's played on but it never reaches that pinnacle trademark of musical uniqueness you know is part of his greatness and that's dissapointing. Never the less, every note is Sanborn and you know you can't live without it.

Incredible New Vibe Going On Here!

Normally I do not take time or space to rebut reviews when writing my own, but a few of these are way off the mark. It is absolutely ridiculous to say that David Sanborn is “trying” to hit certain notes. He takes a bit of freedom with his altissimo but be assured David Sanborn can hit any note he pleases. Some comments are derived from a comparison to his previous work with Marcus Miller. This reviewer for one is glad this new project has a completely different vibe. As good as that previous material is, it’s a bad idea to do a “part two” unless it’s the Godfather. This project has a completely different vibe going on here and that is no more evident by David working with Javier Diaz (percussion) and Roy Assaf (piano). This album is mostly driven by the creative percussive work of Javier Diaz. It is not background or fills but a main contributor in the rhythm section. It took me a few times through to grasp this but when I did the music unfolded before me. With the addition of Roy Assaf it is natural to find David Sanborn drawing more from his straight ahead vocabulary. This material is fresh and steeped in musical depth.

Love the Randy Crawford Collaboration

Love the sexy sax and voice of Randy Crawford


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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