+ Mike Mainieri, Larry Goldings, Russel Malone,
Christian McBride, Steve Gadd u.a.
Pünktlich zum Jahresbeginn erscheint »Closer«, das neue Album des sechsfachen Grammy-Gewinners. Im Gegensatz zum Vorgänger »Time Again« bewegt »Closer« sich zwischen großen Klassikern und Eigenkompositionen, die den Saxophonisten auch als hervorragenden Komponisten in Szene setzen.
Das gewählte Repertoire bietet in jedem Fall eine solide Grundlage für die solistischen Ausflüge Sanborns und seiner hochkarätigen Mitstreiter – Larry Goldings (Piano, Keys), Mike Mainieri (Vibes), Russell Malone (Gitarre), Christian McBride (Bass), Steve Gadd (Drums), Gil Goldstein (Piano, Akkordeon) und Luis Quintero (Percussion).
In the‘70s, David Sanborn came to define the saxophone in contemporary pop music through his work with David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Paul Simon, and James Taylor. In the ‘80s, he defined the sound of the saxophone in contemporary jazz. Today, Sanborn is once again taking the lead as one of music’s seminal figures, redefining his instrument and his place in music.
For Closer, six-time GRAMMY®-winner Sanborn selected music from an extensive array of songwriters and composers; everyone from Charlie Chaplin to James Taylor is represented here. Sanborn also contributes two original tunes to the mix.
On Closer, Sanborn surrounds himself with the same all-star ensemble that supported him on timeagain: the core group on the recording features Larry Goldings (electric piano, organ), Mike Mainieri (vibraphone), Russell Malone (guitar), Christian McBride (bass), Steve Gadd (drums), pianist / accordionist Gil Goldstein and Luis Quintero (percussion). Saxophonist Bob Sheppard makes a special appearance on one number. Adding to the overall cohesiveness of the project, legendary producer Stewart Levine again helms the production along with Joe Ferla, who engineered and mixed.
Closer begins with a sultry rendition of “Tin Tin Deo” by Gil Fuller and Chano Pozo which then leads into Horace Silver’s classic “Señor Blues,” one of two of the great pianist’s works on the record. (The other is “Enchantment.”) Other songs on this new recording include the upbeat “Capetown Fringe” (Abdullah Ibrahim) as well as a heartfelt reading of Charlie Chaplin’s iconic “Smile,” which was co-written by Chaplin along with Geoffrey Parsons and John Turner.
One of Closer’s highlights is Sanborn’s take on James Taylor’s timeless “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight.” This beautiful rendition features vocals by the talented young singer Lizz Wright, Sanborn’s Verve labelmate.
Rounding out the collection are “Ballad of the Sad Young Men” by Tommy Wolf and Fran Landesman, “Poinciana” by Nat Simon and Buddy Bernier, and “You Must Believe in Spring” by Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, and Jacques Demy, along with the saxophonist’s two new compositions: “Another Time, Another Place” and “Sofia.”