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David Sanborn: Time and the River

David Sanborn’s sax voice is unmistakable. Rooted in jazz and informed by R&B, pop and rock, it is instantly recognizable, a sound that has inspired legions of emulators and earned the veteran saxophonist a slew of accolades. On Time and the River, Sanborn deploys that familiar alto in a series of richly textured settings that are both fresh and familiar.

Bassist and longtime Sanborn friend and collaborator Marcus Miller produced the album and brought a strong, intricately detailed groove element to it. Tribal percussion and Miller’s funky bass underpin Sanborn’s R&B-flavored lead on “A La Verticale,” while subtle percussion and ringing keyboards create an atmospheric foundation for the sax and bass on the languid, slow-grooving “Drift.”

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