[JPL] David Sanborn
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Fri Aug 8 22:46:34 EDT 2008
One of the more interesting stories with that Butterfield period Tom was with drummer Phillip Wilson. He was doing work with the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Roscoe Mitchell at the time when Paul asked him to join his group. Talk about variation. Phillip...I understand it...was the one that invited David Sanborn to a session with the Butterfield band. He sat in and that's when that relationship began. Phillip Wilson was one of the great avant garde drummers but could obviously lay down the blues grooves.
--- On Fri, 8/8/08, Tom Reney <tr at wfcr.org> wrote:
> From: Tom Reney <tr at wfcr.org>
> Subject: Re: [JPL] David Sanborn
> To: jazzproglist at jazzweek.com
> Date: Friday, August 8, 2008, 7:22 PM
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> I remember when David Sanborn joined the Butterfield Blues
> Band in 1967, the
> year Paul Butterfield introduced the first of his bands to
> include a horn
> section. The blend of Butterfield's harp, Elvin
> Bishop's guitar, and
> saxophonists Gene Dinwiddie and Sanborn made for some of
> the most innovative
> and inventive music of the era. That same year,
> Butterfield's former
> sideman, guitarist Michael Bloomfield, founded the Electric
> Flag, a
> horn-driven band that also featured the late Buddy Miles.
> Both of these
> groups found Butterfield and Bloomfield expanding on the
> Chicago Blues idiom
> that first brought them renown into a broad mix of r&b,
> rock and jazz.
> Sanborn worked with Butterfield until 1972, and plays
> impressive solos on
> the recordings "The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw,
> "Keep on Moving," and
> "Sometimes I Just Feel Like Smilin'."
> Butterfield's 1968 recording "In My
> Own Dream" features some of Sanborn's most
> creative playing on both alto and
> soprano saxophones.
> I haven't followed Sanborn's solo career, but
> I've always appreciated the
> respect and humility he displays toward the great masters
> of the idiom in
> his reluctance to call himself a jazz musician, as he did
> as recently as
> last Saturday on NPR's Weekend Edition.
> Here's a link to the feature with Scott Simon.
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