On “Here and Gone,” David Sanborn places his saxophone squarely within the context of the jazz-inflected pop music history that he himself has long been a part of. And while it was conceived as a tribute to his heroes, it inevitably traces his own development as the man who has heroically taken the saxophone to the next level. Few musicians are so closely identified with their instrument that they overshadow their peers, but the iconic David Sanborn truly merits his singular position as a saxophonist, unrivaled as a player who straddles the pop and jazz worlds while commanding respect in both. In pop, he is justly famed for his standout solo on David Bowie’s 1975 hit “Young Americans”–one of many celebrated recording projects that evolved out of Sanborn’s live supporting roles. Indeed, his matchless tone has additionally been sought to bolster performances by the esteemed likes of Eric Clapton, the Eagles, the Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder–many of whom have likewise gone on to enlist his inimitable sax presence in the studio. Amazon.com
Birdology/Dreyfus Jazz is proud to release Ahmad Jamal‘s tenth US release on the French label, It’s Magic, on June 10, 2008. It has been three years since After Fajr, the critically acclaimed album The New York Times declared “one of his best” (Ben Ratliff, May 30, 2005), and Ahmad Jamal has been keeping very busy.
The 77-years old pianist, composer, arranger, producer, manager, and officier (more on that later) has been touring the world, writing new compositions, selling out concert halls, and discovering, producing, and nurturing new talent. Mr. Jamal, who has always known how to get attention and keep it, has been continuously improving his repertoire, never once resting on his laurels. Amazon.com
Rare is the artist with the gift to so naturally convey musical artistry direct from the soul and also be a striking eyeful of beauty that shines from the inside out. With her passion for authentic bedrock styles of R&B, Jazz, Blues and Pop, Los Angeles native Leigh Jones is just the artist to make you a believer. She’s already done so with luminaries that stretch from Motown Records founder Berry Gordy to former Stax Records executive Al Bell – men who have seen, groomed and launched the very best and are rolling up their sleeves once again to support the blooming, once in a lifetime talent possessed by Leigh Jones. Peak Records
Gerald Albright is among the most respected, multi-dimensional and sought after saxophonists to straddle the fence of jazz and R&B. Stax Records: the legendary Memphis-based recording company that defined southern soul from the late `50s to the mid `70s. Turn the former loose on the latter and what do you get: Sax for Stax, a soul stirring stew of down home rhythm and blues chased with a mason jar of jazz. Consisting of eight passionately rendered covers of Stax classics (three with vocal guests Will Downing, Ledisi and Philip Bailey), plus three originals written with Memphis in mind, Sax for Stax (in stores June 24) marks the sax master’s eleventh solo project and second for Peak Records, which along with Stax, is a division of the Concord Music Group. Peak Records