Jazz CD Reviews

David Sanborn – Only Everything (with Joey Defrancesco, Steve Gadd, James Taylor, Joss Stone) – Decca

This album should be heard by all the pure jazz aficionados who feel Sanborn is too pop and commercial; he swings mightily herewith.

Published on February 8, 2010

David Sanborn – Only Everything (with Joey Defrancesco, Steve Gadd, James Taylor, Joss Stone) – Decca

David Sanborn – Only Everything (with Joey Defrancesco, Steve Gadd, James Taylor, Joss Stone) – Decca B0013778-02 *****:

This is saxist Sanborn’s second album inspired by the aesthetic of the late Ray Charles – his first was Here and Gone. When asked what Ray Charles meant to his artistic career, Sanborn replied “Only everything” – that became the title of this CD.  In it the saxist gets away from his more pop and jazz/classical work to revel in rhythm n’ blues Ray Charles style.

He penned the title tune, on which he is joined by B3-ist Defrancesco and drummer Steve Gadd.  It’s a ballad, and dedicated to Sanborn’s first grandchild, with a great B3 solo by Defrancesco.   Many of the other seven tracks benefit from arrangements by Gil Goldstein.  Vocalist Joss Stone has a swinging time with Let the Good Times Roll. Hallelujah, I Love Her So is the one Ray Charles song, and it goes to James Taylor for a different but every effective version of the tune. Charles’ saxist Hank Crawford is honored with the opening track, The Peeper, which was his signature tune. The closer is a blues-soaked version of Harold Arlen’s Blues in the Night (which struck me as the very height of sophisticated mysterious adult concerns when I first heard it at about age five).

This album should be heard by all the pure jazz aficionados who feel Sanborn is too pop and commercial; he swings mightily herewith. Sonics are excellent as well.

TrackList:

The Peeper, Only Everything, Hard Times, Let the Good Times Roll, Baby Won’t You Please Come Home, You’ve Changed, Hallelujah I Love Her So, Blues in the Night

 – John Henry




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