[JPL] David Sanborn
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Fri Aug 15 21:37:21 EDT 2008
I wish I was working it!!
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> Composer/pianist Lisa Hilton's latest release, ''Sunny Day Theory''
> heads to jazz radio next week. Hilton is joined by top talent Lewis
> Nash on drums, Larry Grenadier on bass and Brice Winston on tenor
> sax. Eighteen time Grammy winner, Al Schmitt recorded and mixed the
> 12 track release.
> What is the ''Sunny Day Theory''? Hilton smiles, &quot;My
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> countered with a 'Sunny Day Theory' which basically assumes that
> difficulties, if embraced honestly, create opportunity for growth.
> Life can be challenging: I've realized after a rough year that the
> complex can be dealt with one step at a time, that there can be depth
> in something as simple as a melody, beauty within the blues, and that
> with tomorrow there is always the hope for a sunny day.''
> ''Sunny Day Theory''/Ruby Slippers Productions promotion by Jane
> Say Hey Dr J Love the new CD by David Sanborn, will have it on
> the air next week. Any chance you can help hook up a phone interview
> with him? Thanks Barry
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dr. Jazz" <drjazz at drjazz.com>
> To: "Jazz Programmers Mailing List" <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
> Sent: Friday, August 15, 2008 1:29 PM
> Subject: [JPL] David Sanborn
>> This week's sponsor: Lisa Hilton
>> Composer/pianist Lisa Hilton's latest release, ''Sunny Day Theory''
>> heads to jazz radio next week. Hilton is joined by top talent Lewis
>> Nash on drums, Larry Grenadier on bass and Brice Winston on tenor
>> sax. Eighteen time Grammy winner, Al Schmitt recorded and mixed the
>> 12 track release.
>> What is the ''Sunny Day Theory''? Hilton smiles, &quot;My
>> engineer Larry Mah made me laugh recounting a 'Foggy Day Theory', so
>> I countered with a 'Sunny Day Theory' which basically assumes that
>> difficulties, if embraced honestly, create opportunity for growth.
>> Life can be challenging: I've realized after a rough year that the
>> complex can be dealt with one step at a time, that there can be depth
>> in something as simple as a melody, beauty within the blues, and that
>> with tomorrow there is always the hope for a sunny day.''
>> ''Sunny Day Theory''/Ruby Slippers Productions promotion by Jane
>> Once-stricken saxman: Music 'gave me my life'
>> * Story Highlights
>> * David Sanborn suffered from polio as child; playing sax a way to
>> build wind
>> * Sanborn has played with many, hosted own show in '80s
>> * Saxophonist's new album is "Here and Gone"
>> By Shanon Cook
>> *NEW YORK (CNN)* -- Ask saxophonist David Sanborn to reel off a list
>> of career achievements, and you'd better get comfortable. It's a long
>> Even /he/ looks surprised when he reaches the end of it, and quips,
>> "I split the atom and cured cancer."
>> Sanborn's career spans jazz, rock, pop and R&B. He's played with
>> Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stones, James Taylor, David Bowie and
>> Carly Simon -- just to name a few. He's won six Grammys, hosted the
>> TV show "Night Music" in the early '80s and has performed with the
>> bands for "Saturday Night Live" and "Late Night with David Letterman."
>> OK, so maybe curing cancer is a bit of a stretch -- but Sanborn is
>> certainly no stranger to fighting his own health battles. Having
>> suffered polio in his childhood, he says his mantra growing up was
>> "Hey guys, wait up!" as he trailed his peers. At age 11, he took up
>> the saxophone on his doctors' advice that the wind instrument would
>> help build up his lungs.
>> Now 63, Sanborn has just released "Here and Gone" (Decca), his 23rd
>> album. It's a sultry, bluesy nod to early influences Ray Charles and
>> Hank Crawford, and features guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Joss
>> Stone and Sam Moore. VideoWatch Sanborn play a few notes »
>> Sanborn invited CNN to his Manhattan home to talk about his uneasy
>> relationship with the sax, letting Eric Clapton play and sing, and
>> why you probably shouldn't call his music "smooth jazz."
>> *CNN:* When you've been playing an instrument for many, many years as
>> you have, do you ever get to a point where you ...
>> *Sanborn:* Hate it?
>> *CNN:* Well, that wasn't going to be my question, but ... do you?
>> *Sanborn:* Sometimes, yeah. But it's like hating your arm at a
>> certain point, because [the instrument] is really supposed to be an
>> extension of you.
>> *CNN:* I was going to ask ... do you ever get to a point where the
>> instrument no longer surprises you?
>> *Sanborn:* No. I'm waiting for that time. I think that goes along
>> with discovering things as a musician and discovering new places to
>> go. To me, the object of practicing is to allow you to play what you
>> hear. But you're always hearing new things, so you never get to the
>> end of it.
>> That's the great thing and the frustrating thing about music; you
>> never really master it. Music is like an open sky. You know it's out
>> there ... and there you are.
>> *CNN:* Is being a successful musician a pretty self-centered existence?
>> *Sanborn:* It's self-involved in that you have to go into your
>> imagination and bring stuff forth. I look at the artistic process as
>> like experiencing the world, channeling it through your personality
>> and sending it back out there. That's the process. So it certainly is
>> involving. And because it's coming from you, it's very "self," so you
>> tend to get preoccupied. It's tough to be in a relationship with a
>> musician, because it reads sometimes as this ego and self-involvement
>> when it's really just concentration and focus.
>> That's a good excuse, at least. That's the cover we all use!
>> *CNN:* Is it fair to say that your instrument is always your first love?
>> *Sanborn:* It's more like it's a part of you. So it's not like it's
>> this other thing that you love more than your mate. It's like saying,
>> "Do you love your hand more than you love your wife?" Well ... yes
>> and no.
>> *CNN:* You've said that making your new album, "Here and Gone," was a
>> labor of love. How so?
>> *Sanborn:* Well, it was just going back to the kind of music that
>> inspired me in the first place. Ray Charles, Hank Crawford, David
>> Newman. And kind of getting back in touch with where I came from.
>> *CNN:* Eric Clapton ... is he a good friend of yours?
>> *Sanborn:* He's been a friend of mine for a long time. I asked him to
>> sing on the record, and he said, "You mean you don't want me to
>> /play/?" And I said, "Well, I didn't want to presume!"
>> He said, "Well, you know I kind of need to play when I sing," and I
>> said, "Feel free." And he did a great job. He inhabited that song
>> ["I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town"].
>> *CNN:* Is it true that you don't like to consider yourself a jazz
>> *Sanborn:* I just think those labels are not very helpful. It doesn't
>> really describe what we do. I think music is an evolving, changing,
>> beautiful thing that absorbs influences from everywhere. Jazz music
>> by its very nature is just a conglomerate of a lot of different kinds
>> of music. ... As you grow and develop as a human being and as a
>> musician, you absorb all these influences from everywhere, and it
>> comes out in the music that you play. To limit it to one category is
>> not very descriptive and not very useful.
>> *CNN:* How do you feel about the term "smooth jazz"?
>> *Sanborn:* As opposed to lumpy jazz? I don't like the connotation,
>> because it always strikes me as being like blood without plasma. It's
>> like everything that you leave out. It's not what you include. Jazz
>> music should be inclusive. Smooth jazz to me rules out a certain kind
>> of drama and a certain tension that I think all music needs.
>> /Especially/ jazz music, since improvising is one of the cornerstones
>> of what jazz is. And when you smooth it out, you take all the drama
>> out of it.
>> Music is important to me. It really gave me my life. Not just a way
>> to make money ... but it gave me my /life/. And it's hard for me to
>> think about it as wallpaper. And that to me is what smooth jazz
>> represents. There's no easy answer to that question. I can give you a
>> longer answer ....
>> *CNN:* No please don't ...
>> *Sanborn:* (laughs) Stop him!
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