Personnel: David Sanborn (sopranino & alto saxophones); Marcus Miller (vocals, clarinet, bass clarinet, sitar, electric piano, Fender Rhodes, keyboards, guitar, bass, fretless bass, synthesizer, drum programming);
Cassandra Wilson, Sting, Lalah Hathaway, Eric Benet (vocals); Michael Brecker, Lenny Pickett (tenor saxophone); Ronnie Cuber (baritone saxophone); Wallace Roney (trumpet); Hank Roberts (cello); Gil Goldstein (electric piano); Ricky Peterson (Hammond B-3 organ); David Issac (keyboards, drum & percussion programming); Fareed Haque (acoustic guitar); Dean Brown (acoustic steel & electric guitars); Bill Frisell (guitar); Martin Sewell (National Resaphonic guitar); Gene Lake (drums); Don Alias (percussion).
Engineers include: David Isaac, Dean Sharenow, Malcolm Pollack.
Recorded at Camel Island Studios, Los Angeles, California; Avatar Studios, Sound On Sound, Hiatus Studio, and Electric Lady Studios, New York, New York.
INSIDE won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance.
With smooth strokes, Sanborn has painted a lovely urban jazz landscape on INSIDE. These cuts may have an easy-rolling feel, but they're surely not dental office fare. Soft, breezy vocal and alto melodies meet rough beats and mean bass lines, making for statements with a real earthiness. Sanborn and multi-instrumentalist Marcus Miller penned most of the tunes, with a couple of pop covers thrown in for funk's sake.
The opener "Corners (For Herbie)," presumably a tribute to Mr. Hancock, is a slow, groovy Fender Rhodes-laden affair, with Don Alias' colorful percussion, and glad blowing by Sanborn and guest Michael Brecker. Aretha Franklin's "Daydreaming" veers into a trippy sort of "rare groove" territory, with diva Cassandra Wilson singing over a backdrop of undulating electric piano, steel guitar and sitar. "Brother Ray" is a blues jam reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughan's jazzier flights. The horn passages are made lush by the double-tenor presence, swaying over Ricky Peterson's Hammond B-3 and Miller's twangy blues guitar work. With an urgent vocal performance by Sting, Bill Withers' classic "Ain't No Sunshine" takes on an almost mystical quality, with entrancing long-tone spirals and wafts of Bill Frisell's guitar.