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Here and Gone

Decca 176 7524




1. St. Louis Blues
2. Brother Ray
3. I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
4. Basin Street Blues
5. Stoney Lonesome
6. I Believe To My Soul
7. What Will I Tell My Heart?
8. Please Send Me Someone to Love
9. I've Got News for You

David Sanborn - Alto sax
Christian McBride - Bass
Steve Gadd - Drums
Russell Malone - Guitar
Derek Trucks - Guitar (track 2)
Eric Clapton - Vocals, guitar (track 3)
Joss Stone - Vocals (track 6)
Sam Moore - Vocals (track 9)
Gil Goldstein - Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer electric piano, Hammond B3 (tracks 1-4, 6, 8)
Ricky Peterson - Hammond B3 (tracks 2, 6, 8, 9)
Howard Johnson - Baritone sax
Charles Pillow - Bass clarinet (tracks 1-4, 6, 9)
John Moses - Bass clarinet (tracks 5, 7, 8)
Mike Davis - Tenor trombone
Lou Marini - Tenor sax
Keyon Harrold - Trumpet
Lew Soloff - Trumpet (tracks 1, 4, 6, 9)
Wallace Roney - Trumpet (track 1).

David Sanborn has sometimes approached dangerously near to what is known as "smooth jazz", yet I still love his mellow sound on the alto sax. It may be smooth but it can also be soulful and passionate. His saxophone is particularly passionate on this album, as he plays a lot of blues numbers, and he shares some tracks with well-known guest artists like Eric Clapton and Joss Stone. The passion is accentuated because Sanborn is not afraid to use a wide vibrato to add to the expressiveness.

The guests add to the bluesy expression - like Derek Trucks, whose slide guitar brings a country feeling to Brother Ray, and Joss Stone who is suitably soulful in I Believe To My Soul, where Sanborn's sax wails in sympathy with the heartfelt emotions of the song. Wallace Roney's trumpet converses eloquently with Sanborn's alto in the opening track. And a powerful horn section augments the sound on tracks like What Will I Tell My Heart?

A highspot of the album is I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town, to which Eric Clapton lends his voice and guitar. Here and on other tracks, the blues element contradicts any idea that David Sanborn is nothing more than "smooth jazz". In fact he played rhythm-and-blues from an early age, and worked with Albert King, Little Milton and Paul Butterfield's Blues Band, so he is no stranger to this sort of material. For Sanborn, this is a happy return to the music he grew up with.

Tony Augarde

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