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For the past 40+ years, David Sanborn has been perhaps the most influential saxophonist in the worlds of RB, jazz, rock, pop, and crossover, spawning countless imitators. The iconic saxophonist has added his distinctive touch to recordings by such diverse artists as David Bowie, Gil Evans, Guru, Ween, Ron Carter, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, George Benson, and Bruce Springsteen.

For his new disc, Here and Gone (Emarcy Records), the six-time Grammy winner teamed up with the likes of Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Christian McBride, and Steve Gadd to pay tribute to the blues and RB music of his youth.

1. E.S.P. Miles Davis

It’s the first recording of the Miles Davis quintet including Wayne Shorter, along with Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams Ron Carter (and Wayne’s tunes are featured on the record).

2. Born Under A Bad Sign Albert King 

Both the song and the record are quintessential Albert King.

3. Unity Larry Young 

This redefined the sound of an organ group and features extraordinary playing by Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson and Elvin Jones.

4. Voodoo D’Angelo 

Everything about this album is great: the songs, the production, the singing, and Roy Hargrove’s trumpet playing.

5. There’s a Riot Going On Sly Stone (Sly and the Family Stone) 

Sounds like the music is happening in Sly’s head. Tunes like “Family Affair” and “You Caught Me Smilin’” are classics.

6. Crescent John Coltrane 

There are so many great John Coltrane albums it’s hard to choose, but I picked this one because it’s got some great tunes on it like “Lonnie’s Lament,” “Bessie’s Blues,” and the title track, “Crescent.”

7. Kind of Blue Miles Davis

Because it’s a classic!

8. Blond on Blond Bob Dylan

This album is scary, funny, and deep. There are so many levels that this album operates on it’s kind of amazing.

9. Juju Music Sonny Ade

This album is great because there are so many layers of rhythm going on and the kind of spooky joyful singing on the record is extraordinary.

10. Saxophone Colossus Sonny Rollins 

This record is on every saxophone player’s top ten list.

11. Impressions John Coltrane

This is another record I also have to include. It is a live album that is, to me, the ultimate live recording of the John Coltrane Quartet including Elvin Jones, Jimmy Garrison, and McCoy Tyner.

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