Image courtesy of David Sanborn’s fan page/Facebook

One of my all-time favorite jazz saxophonists David Sanborn has succumbed to cancer at the age of 78. I remember the first time I bought his CD, I was blown away and then discovered that he was raised in St. Louis. So, his death was a shock and surprise to me, because there was never any coverage of his illness.

David William Sanborn (July 30, 1945 – May 12, 2024) was an American alto saxophonist. Though Sanborn worked in many genres, his solo recordings typically blended jazz with instrumental pop and R&B. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but had been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school and was a session musician long before its release. He was active as a session musician, playing on several albums by various artists.

One of the most commercially successful American saxophonists to earn prominence since the 1980s, Sanborn was described by critic Scott Yanow as “the most influential saxophonist on pop, R&B, and crossover players of the past 20 years.” He was often identified with radio-friendly smooth jazz but expressed a disinclination for the genre and his association with it.

David Sanborn’s greatest hits:

1. The Dream (feat. Eric Clapton) 2. Maputo (feat. Bob James) 3. Run for Cover 4. Slam 5. Lisa 6. I Told U So 7. As We Speak (feat. Bobby McFerrin) 8. Hideaway 9. Straight to the Heart 10. Chicago Song 11. Back Again 12. Bang Bang 13. All I Need Is You 14. Lotus Blossom 15. Blue Beach

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In conclusion, we leave you with one of my all-time favorites.