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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.

Review by Zzz is spot on.

Let me preface by saying that I’m a HUGE David Sanborn fan (along with Marcus Miller). However, this album is disappointing. There are cuts that are actually painful to listen to when David is trying to hit certain notes. Literally. Painful. On a positive note, Marcus does not play slap bass at all and really plays for the song. The backing musicians are superb. I won’t go into a “I miss Hiram/Marcus-era” rant, but I wish David would go the route that Marcus took - recruit young, up & comers and create reinvent himself while still being David…and that wonderful Sanborn tone.

I like it a lot.

Lots of open space on these compositions. Nice to hear him lay back and blow again. Hope he comes to Scullers Jazz Club in Boston when he tours.


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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