01/08/10

New Album and Tour By David Sanborn

The legendary jazz and R&B saxophonist set to release Only Everything on January 26, followed by tour of U.S.

Saxophonist David Sanborn announced the upcoming release of his new album Only Everything on Decca on January 26. Sanborn will tour in support of his CD, starting on January 28 with a performance.at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in New Jersey. The rest of the dates of the tour are listed below.

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The new album continues Sanborn’s return to the roots of his original inspiration in the world of R&B, blues and soul that began with 2008’s Here and Gone. The CD opens appropriately with “The Peeper” a cover of a Hank Crawford soul-jazz classic. Crawford was a major influence on Sanborn, who told JT that he was just 11 or 12 when her first heard Crawford’s version of “Don’t Cry Baby” on his From The Heart album and “it just stopped me in my tracks.” Later, when he hosted the television show Night Music, Sanborn brought his idol on as a guest and asked him to perform “The Peeper” and “Don’t Cry Baby.” Sanborn said that, “I wanted the world to hear this man’s special gift.” Sanborn wrote an appreciation of Crawford that will run in the Farewells section in the March 2010 issue of JazzTimes.

The rest of Only Everything continues in the same classic groove, aided by a stripped-down band of Joey DeFrancesco on organ and Steve Gadd on drums, plus a horn section on selected cuts, adding to the vintage soul-jazz feel. On Ray Charles’ “Hard Times” Sanborn pays tribute to another hero of his who died in 2009: David Fathead Newman, who paired with Crawford on many of the classic Charles compositions.

The album also features guest vocal cameos by James Taylor (on “Hallelujah, I Love Her So”) and Joss Stone (on “Let the Good Times Roll”). In a press release received at JT, Sanborn praised both singers for their natural feel for the material. “Joss is a young woman with an old soul,” said Sanborn. “She’s a force of nature who understands the primal power of soul music...I wanted Joss to express the pure delight of Ray’s sensuous side. She did so brilliantly.” Of James Taylor, Sanborn explained: “James told the story—like he tells all his stories—with a warm naturalness that beats back the blues.” Gil Goldstein contributed arrangements, although the album never sounds the least bit arranged.

The album was produced by another legend in pop, jazz and R&B—Phil Ramone. Sanborn said that working with Ramone in old-school fashion made the album a pleasure to record. “We recorded most of the album in a few days,” explained Sanborn. “We did just a few takes of each cut, as it seemed the first or second take was the one.” Sanborn told JT that he appreciated Ramone’s unique approach to producing artists who have a strong vision of their own. “Phil produces the record that you really want to make. There are no excuses afterward because you know as an artist that what’s there is what you wanted there.”

Sanborn is looking forward to perfoming the material from his recent CDs and he told JT that DeFrancesco will be touring with him in order to capture that stripped down yet sophisticated arrangements “Joey knows how to get that sound that’s so soulful and yet still has a jazz feel.”

Here is a complete list of performances by David Sanborn and band in support of Only Everything:

01/28/10 S. Orange Performing Arts Center S. Orange, NJ
01/29/10 Manchester Craftmen's Guild Pittsburgh, PA
01/30/10 Grove Park Inn Asheville, NC
01/31/10 Birchmere Alexandria, VA
02/02/10 The State Theater State College, PA
02/03/10 Seneca Niagara Casino Bear Niagara Falls, NY
02/04/10 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT
02/05/10 Scullers Jazz Club Boston, MA
02/06/10 Scullers Jazz Club Boston, MA
02/09/10 Blue Note New York, NY
02/10/10 Blue Note New York, NY
02/11/10 Blue Note New York, NY
02/12/10 Blue Note New York, NY
02/13/10 Blue Note New York, NY
02/14/10 Blue Note New York, NY
02/19/10 Viejas Casino Alpine, CA
02/20/10 McCallum Theatre for Performing Arts Palm Desert, CA
02/21/10 Lancaster Performing Arts Center Lancaster, CA
02/22/10 Kuumba Jazz Center Santa Cruz, CA
02/24/10 Tower Theatre Fresno.CA
02/25/10 Yoshi's San Francisco, CA
02/26/10 Yoshi's San Francisco, CA
02/27/10 Yoshi's San Francisco, CA

1 Comment

  • Jan 23, 2010 at 11:21PM Brooks Brunner

    I'm going to the show on Feb. 2nd in State College, Pa. I am extremely excited to hear new music from the man responsible for introducing me to smooth jazz with his radio show in the late '80s. I don't know what I would do without jazz in my life.

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