David Sanborn Talks Kendrick Lamar

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Wednesday January 25, 2017

From Tampa Bay Times

Interview: Jazz great David Sanborn on Tampa Bay Black Heritage, Kendrick Lamar and touring
By: Kenya Woodard

…While others may have written a eulogy for jazz, Sanborn says it’s very much alive and he’s finding it unlikely places.

“Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, that was a game-changer for me,” he said. “I listened to that album dozens and dozens of times.”

Elements of jazz are peppered throughout Butterfly thanks to jazz saxophonist Terrance Martin, who produced several tracks on the album, Sanborn said.

So, jazz is melding into hip-hop? Not exactly. It’s more of an evolving thing.

“That’s the spirit of what jazz is, to continually evolve,” Sanborn said. “I think you’ve got to stop thinking about jazz ‘” or hip-hop ‘” for what it isn’t. Because it can be anything.”

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