David Sanborn - CLOSER
David Sanborn -][- CLOSER – [Verve, 2005]
Perhaps, I couldn’t resist the urge to satisfy my thirst once again to hear another dose of authentic and soulful horn playing so I decided to revisit the vintage sounds by one of my favorite alto saxophone players David Sanborn.
Released in 2005 on VERVE RECORDS, CLOSER is a tapestry of challenging music that’s slowly stirred with mellow tones executed and shaped by one of the most punctual and distinctive alto players in the business. With this project, Sanborn serves up note for note layers of soulful and attractive melodies with help by his formidable ensemble connects with their timeless cohesiveness without distributing the poetic flow of the music.
CLOSER opens with the infectious groove called “Tin Tin Deo.” On this delectable piece Sanborn peels back layers with his signature lyricism, nuances and brash timbre to unveil a snazzy tune fans have grown to love. Followed by the addictive “Senor Blues,” it bounces with unyielding purpose and songstress Liz Wright simply sours on James Taylor’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight.” The St. Louis native major influences were the iconic Ray Charles and the infallible alto saxophonist Hank Crawford. In time, however, Sanborn has since perfected his identity sound-wise to approach each unwavering note from his own unique perspective.
With extensive talent on hand and memorable compositions to boot it should be no surprise the six-time Grammy winner has successfully recorded another noteworthy album. On CLOSER, David Sanborn delicately unleashes another palette embodied with expansive, warm, and expressive sounds. In retrospect, somehow I missed this wonderful piece on the album titled “Another Time, Another Place” coupled with his rendition of “Poinciana” makes this revisit all worth the effort as I listen to Sanborn enunciate his controlled tone funnel through bowel of the horn is absolutely enthralling experience to embrace. —Rob Young | The Urban Flux