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Monday, 11 July 2011

David Sanborn - "Straight To The Heart"

Warner Bros. WB 925 150-1 (Germany), 1984

Here is David Sanborn, playing at the top of his game, in front of a 'live' studio audience in New York, c. 1984.  Present are such stalwatts as Don Grolnick, keyboards, Hiram Bullock, guitar, Marcus Miller, bass guitar and synthesizer,andBuddy Williams, drums.  Additional musicians include Ralph MacDonald"Crusher" BennettMichael White, percussion, Michael Brecker, tenor saxophone (track 8)Randy BreckerJon Faddis, trumpets (track 8) and the greatHamish Stuart, lead vocalist for Average White Band doing the honours on Al Green's "Love And Happiness".

Sanborn contributes "Hideaway" and "Lisa", Marcus Miller wrote the title track, "Straight To The Heart" and "Run For Cover" (originally on the album "Voyeur"), Don Grolnick composed "Lotus Blossom", and the other tracks are "Smile" by C. Parkinson, and "One Hundred Ways", made famous by James Ingram's vocal, but played here instrumentally with backing vocals, and the aforementoned Mike Brecker tenor sax solo.   Clocking in at nearly 52 minutes, this is a great 'live' album.

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