Personalities | David Sanborn | Eighties | Jazz & Blues

(Alto saxophone, b. 1945)

One of the most instantly recognizable and widely imitated voices in jazz during the 1980s, Sanborn emerged from the New York studio session scene – and a seat in Gil Evans’s orchestra – to gain crossover success worldwide on the strength of seven R&B-infused outings for Warner Bros., beginning with 1980’s breakthrough album Hideaway. His intensely expressive phrasing, marked by leaps into the altissimo register, remains a Sanborn signature, while his pungent tone and urgent attack are indebted to Hank Crawford’s bluesy alto playing.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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