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David Sanborn: Timeagain

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David Sanborn

David Sanborn’s new album, timeagain, is not a jazz album; it’s a pop-instrumental record. But that’s a description, not a judgment. There are good and bad pop-instrumental albums, just as there are good and bad jazz releases; one is not automatically superior to the other.

Over his 28 years as a leader, Sanborn has proven how pop-instrumental music can be done with dignity and imagination. Because improvisation and harmonic substitution are less important in pop than they are in jazz, tone and phrasing become more important, and those are the two areas where Sanborn has always excelled.

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