David Sanborn Returns With New Album and Tour
Only Everything was produced by longtime collaborator and friend Phil Ramone with Joss Stone lending her sultry vocals once again for Ray Charles' "Let The Good Times Roll" while James Taylor completes a hypnotic rendition on "Hallelujah, I Love Her So".
"Joss is a young woman with an old soul," says David. "She's a force of nature who understands the primal power of soul music...I wanted Joss to express the pure delight of Ray's sensuous side. She did so brilliantly." Of James Taylor, David explains; "James told the story—like he tells all his stories—with a warm naturalness that beats back the blues."
Accompanying Sanborn with rhythmic grooves are musicians Steve Gadd (drums) and Joey DeFrancesco (Hammond B3). Marking the first collaboration with DeFrancesco, the Hammond B3 served as the overall theme and core sound for the album. Arranged by Gil Goldstein, the saxophone and organ harmoniously blend to make a sound that is truly unique but also reminiscent of the great Ray Charles. Sanborn elaborates on the union of the instruments; "His mastery of the instrument is complete. But more than a technically remarkable player, Joey has a feeling that's unparalleled. No one grooves harder, yet no one relaxes deeper. While this is my first recording date with Joey, I've been teaming with Steve Gadd for years, a remarkable drummer who plays in service of the music. He colors his drum tones with subtlety, pushing us forward even as he lays back."
Besides the two vocal tracks on the album, other stand-outs include "The Peeper"- a tribute to Hank Crawford, "Only Everything"- a Sanborn original dedicated to his first grandchild, Genevieve, as well as the haunting tribute to Fathead Newman's "Hard Times".
01/28/10 S. Orange Performing Arts Center S. Orange, NJ