Sanborn is one of the most respected sax players worldwide. To be the
most known or the most influential sax player, is not the role David
rely on. Quite the reverse, with his new album Only Everything
he pays tribute to the great singer Ray Charles.
“If anyone would ask me what Ray—or
Ray’s musicians—meant to me, my answer might be, only everything,”
says David. “As a concept, Only Everything, is about gratitude.
I’m grateful not only for the musical life I’ve been able to live, but
the original sources of inspiration that continue to inform and excite
me fifty years after encountering them.” Ray Charles was David's
inspiration and muse as he comments in his further
Only Everything is scheduled for
release on Decca, on January 26, 2010. Joey Defrancesco on Hammond B3
organ is the keystone on David album. "For my money, Joey is the
ruling monarch of the Hammond B3. His mastery of the instrument is
complete. But more than a technically remarkable player, Joey has a
feeling that’s unparalleled. No one grooves harder, yet no one relaxes
deeper," David states.
Third player on board is drummer legend
Steve Gadd. "A remarkable drummer who plays in service of the music.
He colors his drum tones with subtlety, pushing us forward even as he
lays back,” David enthuses. Guest vocalists are Joss Stone (Let the
Good Times Roll) and James Taylor (Hallelujah I Love Her So).
Provided with this information we start
the album review with The Peeper, David's homage to Hank
Crawford, who composed this song for his album From The Heart
(1962). In the style of Duke Ellington's swing David takes the torch
from Hank with great respect for the original version. The difference
makes Joey Defrancesco, who shines on his classic Hammond B3 and
conjures the retro aspect of the '60's.
The title song Only Everything
is dedicated to David's first grandchild Genevieve. A slow tune in the
tradition of the Blues. "I’m
blues-based. I believe it was Mose Allison who said there are two
kinds of songs–blues and everything else. For me, blues-based music
is, once again, only everything.” You wouldn't here a discrepancy to
the tunes of Lockjaw Davis and Gene Ammons.
David "Fathead" Newman
was another sax player, who played in Ray Charles' band during two
periods. On his song Hard Times from the album Fathead: Ray
Charles Presents David Newman (1958) performed Ray Charles the
piano. David chose this Bebop piece because it reminds him of his
youth, when he heard the song in a jukebox.
Joss Stone could be a female counterpart of Ray Charles. Her
interpretation of Let The Good Times Roll is outstanding and
certainly a highlight of this album. “Joss is a young woman with an
old soul,” says David. “She’s a force of nature who understands the
primal power of soul music."
The blues song Baby Won't You Please
Come Home was written by Charles Warfield and Clarence Williams in
1919. Often covered Ray Charles' version (1952) and Miles Davis'
rendition from his album Seven Steps to Heaven (1963) deeply
impressed David Sanborn and initiated his performance in the original
You've Changed is a very popular
song written by Bill Carey and Carl Fischer in 1941. One of the
numerous vocalists who interpreted this song was Jimmy Scott on his
album Can’t We Begin Again (1975). “He doesn’t play the sax,”
Scott once said about Sanborn, “He sings through the sax. Me and
David, man, we relate to each other as singers.” You understand this
comment, when you listen to David's interpretation. He lives through
every note of this song.
Ray Charles' Hallelujah I Love Her
So (1956) was often covered, recently by Maceo Parker on his album
Root & Grooves. Sanborn's version features famous vocalist James
Taylor, about whom Miles Davis once said “He sings like he’s blind.”
James Taylor performs the song with his own relaxed sovereignty and
On the travel to the music of the past,
David Sanborn re-discovered Blues In The Night, a song by
composer Harold Arlen and writer Johnny Mercer (1941) following the
path of Ray Charles. Arthur Schwartz titled that song as “probably the
greatest blues song ever written." Just irresistible for a saxophonist
like David Sanborn, who is absolutely smoking the song.
Jazz aficionados will appreciate Dave
Sanborn's authentic pure jazz style bringing the golden nucleus of
every chosen song to light. He is undisputable the master of sax.
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Title: Only Everything
Artist: David Sanborn
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Decca / Universal Music
01 The Peeper [3:43]
02 Only Everything (For Genevieve) [8:03]
03 Hard Times [5:03]
04 Let The Good Times Roll [3:05]
05 Baby Won't You Please Come Home [8:03]
06 You've Changed [6:04]
07 Hallelujah, I Love Her So [3:58]
08 Blues In The Night [7:54]
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