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Here And Gone

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Here and Gone is a tribute to the sound of Hank Crawford, David "Fathead" Newman, Ray Charles, etc. Backing Sanborn are Steve Gadd (drums) and Christian McBride (bass). Guests include Eric Clapton, Joss Stone, Sam Moore, Derek Trucks and Anthony Wilson. Here and Gone was produced by yet another legend and longtime friend: Phil Ramone. "Joss is a real phenomenon," Sanborn says. "It takes a forceful talent to take a song "I Believe It to My Soul" that Ray Charles not only wrote but really defined and put your own identity on it." Sanborn, who has been friends with Eric Clapton for many years and a collaborator with him on several previous projects, asked Eric to play on Percy Mayfield's "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town." "Fortunately he agreed not only to sing on it but play on it! But he's got such a great understanding of what the music is about and the way it should be presented." Sanborn's song selection - like "I've Got News For You" which features Sam Moore of Sam & Dave fame - gives the listener a glimpse to his sense of humor. From the Label

About the Artist

The six-time Grammy winner has consistently recorded his own albums: Since his first album "Taking Off," from 1975, through his acclaimed "Closer," from 2005, he has rarely gone over two years between releases. But it's been three years between "Closer" and Sanborn's hew album "Here and Gone." Produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, it is the 23rd solo album in Sanborn's extraordinary career, and brings together exceptional guests in Eric Clapton, Sam Moore and Joss Stone, along with such fellow stellar instrumentalists as guitarists Anthony Wilson and Derek Trucks, trumpet virtuoso Wallace Roney, arranger/keyboardist Gil Goldstein, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Steve Gadd. But "Here and Gone" is noteworthy, too, for its concept. Sanborn was inspired by soul-jazz saxophonists like David "Fathead" Newman, Hank Crawford, Gene Ammons, Arnett Cobb, Illinois Jacquet, Jimmy Forrest, King Curtis, and Willis "Gator" Jackson. But he was also influenced by the Chicago blues legends who regularly performed in St. Louis, and by the time he graduated high school he had already played with Albert King and Little Milton. Sanborn's first career break, in fact, was joining the Butterfield Blues Band--which historically mixed Chicago blues with a soul band horn section. Following five years with Butterfield, he then established his world-class solo stature in the 1970s in jazz and r&b/pop/rock through heavy touring and ensuing recording dates. But it is fellow blues/r&b alto saxophonist Hank Crawford whom Sanborn turned to in conceiving "Here and Gone." Crawford is directly responsible for three of the album's nine tracks. He wrote "Stoney Lonesome"--"the definitive Hank Crawford tune," notes Sanborn, explaining that "it's in a place between gospel, r&b and jazz that both he and Ray inhabited so well." The ballad "What Will I Tell My Heart?," which Sanborn first heard via Crawford, "illustrates what I learned from Hank: Take your time when playing a ballad! Don't hurry, but let the song develop and tell you how to play it." Then there is Percy Mayfield's masterpiece "Please Send Me Someone to Love," another song that Crawford recorded that is "quintessentially Hank in the economy of the arrangement." The rest of the album continues a close connection with Ray Charles, whose 1960 album "Genius + Soul = Jazz" supplies three more tracks including "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town," another Mayfield gem. Sanborn then culled the Charles original "I Believe It to My Soul" from Charles's 1961 album "The Genius Sings the Blues," and marvels at the job guest vocalist Joss Stone did on it. Sanborn first recorded Marcus Miller's Charles tribute "Brother Ray" on his Miller-produced 1999 album "Inside." He included a new version on "Here and Gone"--with a spectacular guitar assist from Derek Trucks. Crawford and Charles are joined by keyboardist/arranger Gil Evans as Sanborn's three biggest influences, and it's to Evans that he turned to in cutting jazz standard "St. Louis Blues"--the lead track on "Here and Gone." Here Sanborn also credits producer Ramone, who had produced his second album "Sanborn" in 1976, "so we have a real history." Ramone, he adds, "has an innate understanding of what this music is about, and better than anybody understands how to create an atmosphere conducive to maintaining its vitality and spontaneity and preserving its spirit." And saluting Wallace Roney, whose trumpet solo embellishes the end of "St. Louis Blues," he further notes that his albums "are all about casting. "I was very honored to have such an incredible array of guest artists on the album," notes Sanborn, "who really round out the sound of this record."
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 12, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • ASIN: B00186YSQ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,414 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This a great unexpected release from David Sanborn. I usually tend to stay away from commercial jazz releases but here the guest artists (Clapton,Trucks,Stone,Moore) are stellar and give tasteful performances. Sanborn's playing is more bluesy than usual, and his tone is the classic sound as always. The backing band, especially bassist Christian McBride and Drummer Steve Gadd, are extremely tight which would be expected if you know these musicians. The quality stays consistent through the nine tracks, and with a shorter length the album doesn't overstay its welcome. If you usually find David Sanborn a little too sappy I urge you to give this recording a chance.
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I know alto saxophonist David Sanborn has his critics. Put him on after listening to a Kenny Garret CD and it's easy to see why. He's not exactly hardcore.

But I like him. His music was part of my introduction to contemporary jazz (or jazz fusion as it was called back then), so many years ago and I've been a fan ever since. This album, produced by Phil Ramone and inspired by Hank Crawford, is a nice set of blues-influenced songs and with a big band line-up like the one he has here: Steve Gadd on drums; Christian McBride on bass; Russell Malone on drums; Gil Goldstein on Rhodes & Wurlitzer electric piano; Ricky Peterson on Hammond B3; Keyon Harrold, Lew Soloff & Wallace Roney on trumpet; Mike Davis on tenor trombone; Lou Marini on tenor sax; Howard Johnson on baritone sax and Charles Pillow & John Moses on bass clarinet, the music couldn't possibly be anything but good.

I balked when I learned that Joss Stone was on this album (I simply. Can. Not. Stand. The woman) but I thought, she's only on the one track after all and really, how bad could she possibly be?

As it turns out, the track she sings on, "I Believe To My Soul", isn't bad at all. In fact, I think it's quite good. But it's the song itself I like and not Joss Stone's performance on it, if that makes any sense. The producer thankfully kept her wannabee pretensions in check and she sounds just like any other competent singer - if I close my eyes and try my hardest to forget that it's her.

My favourite tracks on here include the dreamy album opener, "St. Louis Blues" (written by W.C. Handy); the Marcus Miller-penned "Brother Ray", featuring Derek Trucks on guitar; "I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town" (Roy Jordan/William Weldon), featuring vocals (and guitar?
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I love David Sanborn whether he's playing sweet and slow or hot and fast. This tribute CD's got some of jazz standards and heavy hitters from other genres as guests. It's 9 songs and about 2 minutes--could be a bit longer. Still it's a very listenable CD, maybe not Sanborn's best, but well worth having on the shelf.

My favorites:

I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town--featuring Eric Clapton
Basin Street Blues
I Believe it to my Soul--Joss Stone

Okay, it's all good, but these are my current faves. Give this one a listen.

Rebecca Kyle, August 2008
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As a recording engineer for over 35 years, this disc leaves me flat. It is so obviously overdubbed (band played first, David and other guests added their part later) that there is no interaction with the rhythm section. Could any drummer actually be hearing Joss Stone and be so asleep at the wheel? In going for technical perfection all feeling has been put on the back burner. Any cut recorded live, from Ella to The Jazz Messengers, sounds like it's in your living room compared to this CD that sounds like it's in one of those germ free labs. Let's get back to the idea of a "band," musicians hearing each other and working together.
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On this well thought out release, David Sanborn's soulful, roots-based, and grooving Decca debut, Here & Gone, the six-time Grammy winner becomes the fourth (known to me) artist (John Scofield's That's What I Say, Maceo Parker's Roots and Grooves, and Fathead Newman's I Remember Brother Ray) to pay homage to the genius, Ray Charles. Sanborn's approach to Brother Ray is not all that apparent and obvious, as he makes deeper connections to one of his own early influences, that being Hank Crawford, who was Charles' arranger and sax-player.

Some of my favorite tracks include: Marcus Miller's "Brother Ray," featuring Derek Trucks; Roy Jordan and William Weldon's "I'm Gonna Move To the Outskirts Of Town" with exceptional vocals from Clapton, where interestingly he does not get an abundance of time to solo, but it's all good just the same; Hank Crawford's "Stoney Lonesome"; Charles' "I Believe To My Soul" with strong vocals from Joss Stone, who sounds far better here than on her most recent recordings; and Ray Alfred's "I've Got News For You," where Sam Moore delivers the goods big time and sounds so much like Brother Ray (with his vocal inflections) that it's scary.

This is a great, unexpected, and most welcome release from Sanborn. The guest artists (Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Joss Stone, and Sam Moore) are all right-on and give tasty performances. Sanborn's playing is far more bluesy than usual and his tone is (as always) uniquely Sanborn. The core band consists of bassist Christian McBride, guitarist Russell Malone, keyboardist Gil Goldstein (who deserves huge kudos for providing the extremely sensitive and evocative arrangements), plus B3 player Ricky Peterson and the always wonderful Steve Gadd on drums.
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