Thursday, August 28, 2008
David Sanborn is one of the most influential saxophonists of the 20th century. His influences, however, are the less known saxophonists Ray Charles featured in his early bands: Hank Crawford and David “Fathead” Newman. On Here&Gone Sanborn pays tribute to them with his most wonderfully down-and-dirty, heavily blues-oriented and soulful disc since 1978’s Heart To Heart.
The arrangements, all reminiscent of Charles’ ’60s sound, provide Sanborn the sturdy foundation upon which he lays some of the best and hottest playing of his career. By cutting out the excesses of recent releases, Sanborn does what he does best: Plays scorching blues-scale-oriented lines better than anyone of his generation.
Cameo highlights include Derek Trucks’ guitar ripping some slippery, spirit-drenched phrases on “Brother Ray,” and “I Believe To My Soul” a number that highlights Joss Stone’s growing maturity. The star, however, is undeniably Sanborn.