IN terms of smooth saxophone just a few masters come to mind and with a new retrospective this week it was time to examine The David Sanborn Anthology (Warner Jazz). Tracing back highlights from the ‘Taking Off’ album in 1975 all aspects of light jazz are in here from smooth silky sax memories like ‘The Dream’ to the live and pumping ‘Hideaway’ with some of the best funk bass lines ever.
His collaborations with (‘Theme from Taxi’) Bob James explore both their trademark moves on the cloudy ‘Maputo’ in nearly seven minutes of atmosphere or the added feature of a moving Al Jarreau vocal on ‘Since I Fell For You’. Spread over two CDs it was refreshing to hear unabridged versions too and handpicked by David himself.
The Saw Doctors look back too after having played their biggest show ever to 50,000 people in Galway City.
2525 (Shamtown), is the best of the Saw Doctors Vol II and has the all the fun of their previous works. Petula Clark joins them for an Irish take on ‘Downtown’, they sing of the Irish President on ‘Michael D’ and praise the DJ Tommy K who was banished for playing his disco during Lent.
Their international hit ‘I Useta Lover’ is back here closing the album recorded live in Galway.
About to tour the UK they bring the craic and mayhem to Edinburgh HMV Picture House on November 30.
Of course The Beach Boys can beat all longevity and still pack them in with over 50 shows this year
already. Fifty Big Ones (Capitol), comes in their 50th year too and forms a boxed double CD with new sleeve notes and collectable postcards. These remastered stereo hits also contain a couple from the acclaimed current album ‘That’s Why God Made The Radio’ including that title track and the single ‘Isn’t It Time’ and their timeless catalogue of ‘I Get Around’, ‘Fun Fun Fun’, ‘Do It Again’, ‘California Girls’ and of course ‘Good Vibrations’.
Aside of this set a single album of Greatest Hits has 20 selections and a DVD will no doubt follow.