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  • Audio CD (6 Aug. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B00890JFMM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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SANBORN DAVID

BBC Review

Alto saxophonist David Sanborn has released dozens of albums in his own name, straddling jazz, R&B and pop. But many listeners will be more familiar with his session work. His keening sax sound has featured prominently on hundreds of recordings, including David Bowie’s Young Americans and Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book.

Then Again: The Anthology spotlights Sanborn’s own albums. It focuses on his peak years from 1975 to 1996 when he was recording for Warner Brothers and Elektra Records. He averaged one album release a year, winning Grammy Awards for three of them. This double album features 29 tracks, handpicked by Sanborn himself, from 16 of those albums.

The album opens with The Whisperer, from Sanborn’s first solo album, 1975’s Taking Off. It exemplifies the issues jazz fans have had with Sanborn: his tone and phrasing are invariably sublime but too often he was recorded in contexts where he was the sole interesting player; often he has sounded like a session player brought in to liven up a funk-by-numbers backing track. The Whisperer is a melodic, danceable instrumental but, despite the presence of such musicians as Michael Brecker and Don Grolnick, it never catches fire.

Sanborn’s music from this period spawned the "smooth jazz" genre, but he has balked at being described as such. Nonetheless, there is plenty here which merits that label, notably vocal tracks Love Will Come Someday and Since I Fell for You, the latter sung by the oh-so-smooth Al Jarreau.

In total contrast, a track such as Bang Bang showcases Sanborn in a party mood, live in the studio and bursting with infectious energy. That track is taken from the 1992 album Upfront, produced by bassist Marcus Miller who oversaw several of Sanborn’s better albums.

Upfront included a fine version of the Ornette Coleman classic Ramblin’, which Sanborn has omitted here. Just as oddly, he only includes one track from Another Hand, his 1991 album with more adventurous jazz players like guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Charlie Haden. In selecting tracks for this anthology, Sanborn seems to have emphasised his smoother side at the expense of his more exploratory outings.

While it is rare to find a compilation album that satisfies everyone, in this case it feels as if an opportunity has been missed. Maybe more than two discs would be required to properly display the breadth of David Sanborn’s talent.

--John Eyles

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So good music. But this one touches upon the everyday thing that comes out of my radio. I would like to see a CD that is not the best (whatever that is) but rather, the distinguishes of Sanborn. When you hear his sax the first notes will give an deep expression that you immediately recognize, but later this turns into that everyday stuff that keeps streaming into my ears. So again, Snakes sticks out and so does Hideaway, but include Try a little tenderness.
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This is a great collection of some of his classics. If you're a fan of the king of alto sax then this is an absolute must for your collection. Bought for £11.54
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Great introduction to Sanborn's masterpieces. Good price. I listen to it many times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In my estimation, DS reigns supreme amidst a great group of sax-playing contemporaries!! 20 July 2015
By BarKat - Published on Amazon.com
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David's always been my favorite sax player. I have every album, cassette tape, and CD that he ever put out; I've seen him live in concert a handful of times; and I found this collection to be excellent, with the many fantastic songs that he placed on it. I might have changed a few of them, but this was his collection of favorites to pick, and that is as it should be! My very favorites of his are on this, anyway, so how could I ever be disappointed with a few that are extra special for him for his reasons? I'm a musician, so I understand how working with special people always brings great memories whenever you play or listen to the tunes they helped on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spam Musubi 4 Jan. 2013
By Maui...No Ka Oi - Published on Amazon.com
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Look.....I'm a big fan, so I have all the songs, on this anthology, but I purchased it, anyways, I had read that he selected the songs, so that was one reason, for the purchase, but the other, is that it has been remastered. Btw, yes, I loved it.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Straight to the heart (Live version), but still enjoyable. 2 Mar. 2016
By Heri - Published on Amazon.com
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If you really want to enjoy Sanborn at its best listen to " Straight To The Heart Live" with Marcus Miller on bass Hiram Bullock on guitar, Buddy Williams on drums and Don Groinick on keyboards. Although this anthology contains some of the songs included on the live version, it really runs short in enthusiasm and excitement. Of course it is a personal opinion. Anyway if you are a Sanborn fan you will still enjoy this anthology.
5.0 out of 5 stars good selection of songs 2 Sept. 2013
By ajr - Published on Amazon.com
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2cd set with very good selection of david sanborn hits.very pleased with this purchase.david sanborn has been around a long time,not flashy but a very smoothe listen,good cd
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally 21 Dec. 2012
By Cynt B - Published on Amazon.com
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I have found this"album" to be totally.....
...Relaxing
...Inspiring
...Enjoying
...Awesome!
Very smooth style as only David Sanborn knows how.
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