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Monday October 22, 2018

From Twin Cities Arts Reader

REVIEW: Wild David Sanborn In Concert (Dakota Jazz Club)
By: Brian Bix

Sanborn has been a popular, influential, and versatile musician almost from the beginning of his prolific career, now over 40 years ago. In 1975, the year his first solo album, Taking Off, dropped, Sanborn also appeared on three classic rock albums: Paul Simon’s Still Crazy After All These Years, Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run, and David Bowie’s Young Americans. Overall, Sanborn has won 6 Grammy Awards, plus 8 gold albums and 1 that went platinum. Add in 150 or so appearances as a sideman on other artists’ albums and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone as prolific and consistently top-notch. With this long track record of success, last night’s concert at the Dakota Jazz Club was hotly anticipated. Sanborn brought along his current quintet: Michael Dease on trombone, Geoffrey Keezer on piano and keyboards, James Genus on bass, and Billy Kilson on drums.

The program was not an evening of smooth jazz. It was closer to the mixture of funk, world music, and R&B found on Sanborn’s most recent album, Time and the River (2015). The quintet began with two Michael Brecker numbers, “Tumbleweed” and “Half Moon Lane”. Immediately after that, the group played an intriguing re-working of “Maputo”, a popular song that Sanborn recorded with Bob James. “Maputo” (which one does hear often on smooth jazz radio stations) was, in the performance, now propelled by a sharper, West African beat.

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