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Davd Sanborn – Only Everything

Davd 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 statement.

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.

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