David Sanborn on David Bowie’s “Young Americans”
from Young Americans (1975)
As active as his former bandmates the Brecker Brothers, Sanborn set the gold standard for soulful alto sax solo on pop and rock sessions for nearly two decades, so we could have chosen any number of tunes from a who’s-who of hits that featured him. We liked this cut because David’s distinctive riff kicks off the tune, and he plays through the whole thing nearly non-stop. Mostly recorded at Sigma Sound in Philadelphia, the Young Americans album has plenty of Philly soul at its heart, though Bowie himself called it “plastic soul,” whatever that means.