With this disc, Sanborn breaks out of the contemporary jazz mold in a big way.
With this disc, Sanborn breaks out of the contemporary jazz mold in a big way. There is nary a sequenced rhythm or clichéd melody to be found here—just inviting, largely acoustic settings that allow the saxophonist plenty of improvisational opportunities. Sanborn takes liberties in arranging such songs as Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely," embellishing the well-worn melodies with his own rhythmic and melodic ideas, while three original compositions add an extra dose of Sanborn's own tuneful persona. The biggest revelation, however, is how dynamic Sanborn sounds when bereft of the contemporary settings he has explored for so long, as his improvisations gently toy with an ever-changing array of thoughtful lines.—SG