David Sanborn - Here & Gone
Saxophonist David Sanborn takes on the staple blues and R&B repertoire in a disc that many will doubtless see as just another commercial gambit from a very successful musician. The stacking up of guest artists – Derek Trucks on ‘Brother Ray’, Eric Clapton on ‘I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town’, Joss Stone on ‘I Believe to My Soul’ and Sam Moore on ‘I’ve Got News For You’ – will only serve to sharpen that impression.
That said, Sanborn is on great form. Always a magnificent technician on the horn, he invests the music with a genuine soulfulness – nowhere more so than on his Cannonball Adderley-like assault on ‘St Louis Blues’, a glorious opening track that is never quite matched. Inevitably, his musicians are all of the highest standard, and the quality of the playing never slips. Nothing new here, but hard to fault the execution if you like this music.