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David Sanborn has never sounded better - once again he redefines the sound of the saxophone in contemporary music as he did in the pop world in the 70's and contemporary jazz in the 80's. Closer is the brilliant follow-up to the legendary saxophonist's Verve debut timeagain which scanned over 100,000 units and had the #1 smooth jazz track of the year with 'Comin' Home Baby'. The eclectic selection of songs runs the gamut of modern jazz and popular music, from Horace Silver's 'Senor Blues' to Charlie Chaplin's 'Smile', the first smooth jazz radio focus track 'Tin Tin Deo', James Taylor's 'Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight' featuring Verve artist Lizz Wright, plus Sanborn's own 'Sofia' and 'Another Time, Another Place'.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 11, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0006M4UAS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By William Merrill VINE VOICE on January 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
(4 & 1/2 stars) Midway through the opening cut on David Sanborn's new CD Closer, a snazzy uptempo number called "Tin Tin Deo," there comes a frisky, poppin' percussion break. The great Mike Mainieri is on vibes, with Luis Quintero on percussion. It's a hot little moment that's an indicator of good things to come, a very accurate indicator of the high quality of music on Closer, as it turns out. However, the brisk pace of "Tin Tin Deo" is not representative of the majority of the remaining songs, as David takes a subtler, lower key approach to the tunes. Typical is a lush Sanborn original, "Another Time, Another Place," where his sax sings and sighs against a velvety backdrop of keyboards and rhythm section. With an occasional exception like a lively cover of Abdullah Ibrahim's "Capetown Fringe," most of the songs on Closer are in a blue mood, but one that's deliciously blue. One of the most interesting songs on the CD is a version of James Taylor's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," with Lizz Wright doing an excellent job on the vocals. (It's the album's lone vocal cut). The original Taylor song featured an integral sax solo by Michael Brecker, not David Sanborn, although Mr. S. did play on several other JT songs, including "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)." Anyway, Sanborn and Wright do the beautiful, sad song proud. I'm sure Taylor loved this version if he's heard it.
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A real gem this disc. To my ears, the words `control, lyricism and splendor' speak out of this work. A delightful record, Sanborn's constraint shines through. Without doubt, David Sanborn's best recording yet. Not perhaps music for the die-hard avant garde lovers, but in its own way a veritable wall of luxurious and wonderful sounds. Christian McBride keeps it all together and the guitar punctuation of Russell Malone keeps it all neat and punchy. Sanborn's reedy tone is an acquired taste, a touch to harsh for me, but it leads where the music has to go. One cannot say enough about Lizz Wright. There are too many adjectives to do justice to her sound. Again, controlled, but powerful and melodious, she might well be the greatest of all time. I would love to hear a full album of Sanborn and Wright, the support they lend to each other is perfection. One quibble, sound balance is off a tad at times; off enough drown that wondrous voice. Definitely this recording deserves a five star rating.
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Closer begins with a lively tune with an unfortunate title; that, however, does not detract from the catchy beat and melody. This number is one that will cause one to hit the repeat button. As for the remainder of the CD, it hums along nicely, following a pattern of predictable, yet enjoyable Sanborn. Track nine is another one that gets under you. I would definitely recommend this as an introduction to David Sanborn or for the loyal fan.
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David Sanborn was one of the first people I got into when I turned to jazz back in the early 1980s. He was certainly the first alto saxophonist I got to know. He did a lot of stuff with Marcus Miller back then and I used to think he was the bee's knees, but my tastes have matured somewhat since those heady youthful days.

He's dismissed by the hoity-toity brigade as a purveyor of smooth jazz, muzak or elevator music, even as a pop instrumentalist and while I agree that some of his product has been incredibly lightweight at various stages in his career, I've always found something essentially appealing about his music. I remain a loyal fan and though I haven't got all his albums, I still like to check him out from time to time.

This 2005 release is his most recent CD in my collection and, produced by Stewart Levine, it has a nice Latin flavour to it, helped along in the most part by percussionist Luis Quintero. This album is also somewhat unique - at least among my other Sanborn CDs (except, perhaps, for Pearls) - in that there are a lot of standards on it. There are songs from people like Horace Silver ("Señor Blues" & "Enchantment"), Nat Simon & Buddy Bernier ("Poinciana"), Tommy Wolf & Fran Landesman ("Ballad of the Sad Young Men") and Charles (Charlie) Chaplin, Geoffrey Parsons & John Palmer ("Smile"). Then there's the James Taylor classic, "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" on which Sanborn is joined by the fabulous Lizz Wright on vocals. This song is the main reason I decided to buy this CD and it's almost worth the price of the CD all on its own.
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"Closer" represents one of the most significant works of this first rate sax artist; four brilliant versions of widely known themes make of this album a brilliant and forceful success ; the emblematic "Poinciana" from Puerto Rico, the extraordinary adaptation of Tin t in deo one of the most known pieces of the repertoire of "Chanu" Pozo whose well reminded musical gathering with Dizzy Gillespie produced "Manteca", an essential pivot of the Latin music into the jazz b y then; Michel Legrand is the special guest playing with Sanborn "You must believe in spring" , one of his finest works and finally "Smile" whose author Charles Chaplin will be always kept in mind.

But the album contains another brilliant `pieces such as Señor Blues with the collaboration of Horace Silver; on the other hand, the exquisite voice of Lizz Wright in Don't let be lonely tonight" adds a touch of erotic touch in this fascinating CD. You may include this album as one the ten highest peaks in smooth jazz during 2005.
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