David Sanborn, R.I.P.

Smooth jazz saxophonist David Sanborn, who played on recordings by Stevie Wonder, James Brown, and Carly Simon and performed live with David Bowie and the Rolling Stones, died in Tarrytown, New York, on Sunday afternoon. A rep confirmed the news to Rolling Stone. A message on Sanborn’s social media cited complications after an extended battle with prostate cancer. He was 78. “Mr. Sanborn had been dealing with prostate cancer since 2018 but had been able to maintain his normal schedule of concerts until just recently,” the message said. “Indeed he already had concerts scheduled into 2025.” source: Rolling Stone

Here’s my favorite. I have loved this album since it came out in 1986 and below is my favorite tune. It’s one I’ve had on repeat. You know what I mean. It’s one I’ve sang along to more than I can count. Al Jarreau is amazing, but the sax… Sanborn’s solo grabs you down deep. And that was his style.

Bob James, David Sanborn – Double Vision 1986 – Warner Brothers

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