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David Sanborn: Taking Off

Track List

>'Way 'Cross Georgia
>Duck Ankles
>Funky Banana
>Whisperer, The
>It Took a Long Time
>Black Light
>Blue Night

Album Reviews:

Q (5/95, p.132) - 3 Stars - Good - "...a re-issue of Sanborn's very first album as a leader--a funky affair recorded in 1975. With an ensemble sound not dissimilar to early Brecker Brothers, it is spirited and snappy..."

Album Notes

Personnel: David Sanborn (alto saxophone); Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone); Howard Johnson (baritone saxophone, tuba); Randy Brecker (trumpet); Peter Gordon, John Clark (French horn); Tom Malone (trombone); Don Grolnick (piano, organ, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet); Steve Khan, Buzzy Feiten (guitar); Joe Beck (electric guitar); John Beal, Bob Daugherty (acoustic bass); Will Lee (bass); Chris Parker, Steve Gadd (drums); Ralph MacDonald (congas, bongos, percussion); Jose Madera, Warren Smith (percussion).

Recorded at A&R Studios, New York, New York.

Released in 1975, David Sanborn's first solo album is a fine example of the dexterous alto saxophonist's highly accessible take on jazz. Backed by brothers Randy and Michael Brecker (on trumpet and tenor saxophone, respectively), Steve Gadd (drums), and other top-notch session players, Sanborn offers a lively set that kicks off with the slick, funky "Butterfat" and is concluded by the dramatic, string-laden "Flight."


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