Time and the River, the new album from David Sanborn, is his first collaboration in the studio with producer and bass player Marcus Miller in over fifteen years. Through the years, the two have worked together on a number of records, winning five Grammy Awards ® and seven Gold Records. Time and The River is a modern groove oriented album, with funky beats and beautiful ballads where Sanborn can show the emotional side of his legendary saxophone skills. Along with Miller, the album features Roy Assaf on alto flute, Justin Mullens on trumpet, Tim Vaughn on trombone, Ricky Peterson on organ, Javier Diaz on percussion and Marcus Baylor on drums. Guest vocalists include R&B and jazz singer Randy Crawford on "The Windmills of Your Mind,"…
Time and the River is David Sanborn's 25th studio date, marking his 40th anniversary as a leader. Though released by Sony's Okeh imprint, he funded it with a Pledgemusic drive. Befitting of such an occasion, he reunites with bassist and producer Marcus Miller. Though they haven't worked as a team on a record in over 15 years, they've netted five previous Grammys and seven Gold Records. The pair assembled a killer studio band – guitarists Yotam Silberstein and Nicky Moroch, keyboardist Roy Assaf, B-3 organist Ricky Peterson, Peter Hess on horns and flute, Marcus Baylor on drums, and Javier Diaz on percussion (with extended horn sections on a few tunes).
First recordings of two powerful works from the pen of one of our major composers, John McCabe, who is celebrating his sixtieth birthday this year. Of Time and the River (the title is taken from Thomas Wolfe's novel) is actually the published title of McCabe's Fourth Symphony, written in 1993/4 to a commission by the BBC. The Flute Concerto was written for James Galway in 1989/90 and he gave the first performance of it in 1990 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the London Symphony Orchestra who commissioned the work. Here it is played by the outstanding young flautist Emily Beynon in her first recording for Hyperion.
With bassist Marcus Miller acting as producer and some memorable tunes being performed (most notably "Hideaway" and "Straight to the Heart"), this is one of altoist David Sanborn's better R&B-ish recordings. Joined by keyboardist Don Grolnick, guitarist Hiram Bullock, bassist Miller, drummer Buddy Williams and various guest musicians, Sanborn sounds fairly inspired and is in top form.
David Sanborn's third album as a leader has him steering away from the N.Y.C. neo-bop, skunk funk, Seventh Avenue style he helped co-found with the Brecker Brothers band. That it is recorded in Miami speaks volumes about the sunny attitude and less jazz-oriented music he is fomenting. Guitarist/vocalist Hiram Bullock and emerging electric bass guitar star Mark Egan have something to do with this, but the extraordinary drummer Victor Lewis is the one who gives this music an R&B heft while also adding Latin flavors, like boogaloo on growth hormones. Keyboardist Rosalinda DeLeon, percussionist Jumma Santos, and four female vocalists help with the sexy Afro-Caribbean underpinning, while Sanborn plays his trusty St. Louis soul vibrato-drenched alto sax, and also experiments with sopranino sax and the lyricon. The album yields mixed results – including some spectacular, fervent music, with the tamer sounds more likely to appeal to crossover or pop audiences.