David Sanborn's Soulful, Creamy Funk


David Sanborn

Let me ask you: What are the three jammingest 1970s pop songs? The obvious answer: "Young Americans" by David Bowie, "You Belong to Me," by Carly "the Horse" Simon, and James Taylor's shuffle-icious rendition of "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)." And what do all three of these cuts have in common? If you've got big ears (and you know I do), you've already got the answer: a blazing hot alto-sax solo from the subject of this blurb, Mr. David Sanborn. He's gone on to a fruitful solo career, and what's completely crazy about this guy is he'll play a lot of the soulful, creamy funk that I like, but then he'll also go off and do some kind of crazy tribute to Julius Hemphill (a very obscure jazz musician) with Tim Berne (an even more obscure jazz musician). He can do it all. So to those of you out there—and I know there are some—who like to titter at my taste in music, I say: Check out the San-man before you snicker. He was hot then, he's hot now. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, www.jazzalley.com. $30.50–$32.50. 7:30 p.m. GREG NICKELS

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