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JT Notes: David Sanborn, Drum Legend

Evan Haga introduces the drum-themed (sort of) November 2008 issue of JazzTimes

I swear we try to hold these theme issues together, but great stuff just sort of gets in the way. This drum-themed book is a perfect example, with its cover story on—percussion legend David Sanborn? Oops.

I’m still confident we’ll delight drum nuts: We have features on Ari Hoenig, a swinging Brooklynite with a bad case of heavy metal “drum face” (see pg. 49), and Bill Stewart, the thinking man’s polyrhythmic virtuoso, as well as a lead review of a new Paul Motian release. There’s also an Overdue Ovation on Alvin Queen, who fairly recently reissued some terrific sessions from his Nilva label days, and an ironic Before & After with Billy Cobham, the mighty jazz-rocker who seems to resent all the grandiose musical attributes that made the Mahavishnu Orchestra a hit. But a couple non-drum goodies fell into play, and we couldn’t resist including them.

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Evan Haga

Evan Haga worked as an editor and writer at JazzTimes from 2006 to 2018. He is currently the Jazz Curator at TIDAL, and his writing has appeared at RollingStone.com, NPR MusicBillboard and other outlets.