Then Again: The Anthology

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
If ever a musician needed a box set to document the full range of his numerous musical achievements, it's saxophonist David Sanborn. While achieving a Platinum album status only once, he has a total of eight Gold records to his credit, has charted in three genres as a solo artist -- jazz, R&B and pop -- and has played on legendary records including Stevie Wonder's Talking Book, David Bowie's Young Americans that's his solo in the title cut, and more. The two-disc Then Again, issued by Rhino, isn't that box, but it's a great step. Sanborn produced the set and selected and sequenced all 29 tracks, as well as offering commentary in the liner notes. This material was all ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
If ever a musician needed a box set to document the full range of his numerous musical achievements, it's saxophonist David Sanborn. While achieving a Platinum album status only once, he has a total of eight Gold records to his credit, has charted in three genres as a solo artist -- jazz, R&B and pop -- and has played on legendary records including Stevie Wonder's Talking Book, David Bowie's Young Americans that's his solo in the title cut, and more. The two-disc Then Again, issued by Rhino, isn't that box, but it's a great step. Sanborn produced the set and selected and sequenced all 29 tracks, as well as offering commentary in the liner notes. This material was all recorded for Warner Bros -- or one of their affiliate labels -- between 1975 and 1995. Disc one is arranged chronologically; disc two, aesthetically. Don Grolnick's "The Whisperer" features a beautiful twin horn head by Sanborn and Michael Brecker. The former's solo simply sings over the top, turning it into something both lyrical and funky. "Lisa," from the commercial breakthrough album Hideaway in 1980, showcases his early balladic style and blues-inflected phrasing. The lithe groove of "Maputo" from Double Vision, recorded in collaboration with Bob James, is another highlight. Written by Marcus Miller, its songlike quality is underscored by Sanborn's instinctive engagement with the melody. The R&B side of the saxophonist is here, too, in Miller's "Chicago Song" and the boogaloo vamp on Joe Cuba's "Bang Bang." Disc two concentrates on Sanborn's diversity rather than his career trajectory. There are a couple of vocal cuts in "Back Again" with Michael Sembello, and the traditional "The Water Is Wide," with Linda Ronstadt. Musical adventures include bassist Charlie Haden's "First Song," with Sanborn in the company of the composer, guitarist Bill Frisell, drummer Jack DeJohnette, and others from 1991's Another Hand. The standard "Try a Little Tenderness," featuring the saxophonist in the presence of Johnny Mandell's orchestration, offers another dimension of Sanborn as he renders soul through his horn with the elegance of a vocalist. The deeply funky "Snakes" from 1992's Upfront is included here; it is one of the set's highlights. Throughout, Sanborn proves over and over again that he is not only a highly skilled improviser and lyricist, but that his music is as much about poetic and emotional expression as technique. Then Again serves two purposes: it's an excellent -- if incomplete -- retrospective, and it's a stellar introduction to a musician for whom labels simply don't apply.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2012
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227972882
  • Catalog Number: 531614
  • Sales rank: 42,099

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Whisperer (4:41)
  2. 2 Benjamin (1:35)
  3. 3 Lisa (4:31)
  4. 4 It's You (5:11)
  5. 5 Love Will Come Someday (6:19)
  6. 6 As We Speak (4:05)
  7. 7 Hideaway (6:46)
  8. 8 More than Friends (6:17)
  9. 9 Maputo (6:51)
  10. 10 Since I Fell for You (5:52)
  11. 11 Chicago Song (6:29)
  12. 12 The Dream (5:02)
  13. 13 So Far Away (5:18)
  14. 14 Bang Bang (4:36)
  15. 15 Missing You (4:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Back Again (4:03)
  2. 2 Rain on Christmas (4:46)
  3. 3 A Tear for Crystal (7:05)
  4. 4 Lotus Blossom (6:22)
  5. 5 The Water Is Wide (4:35)
  6. 6 Snakes (7:01)
  7. 7 First Song (5:25)
  8. 8 Try a Little Tenderness (6:02)
  9. 9 Never Enough (6:28)
  10. 10 One in a Million (3:41)
  11. 11 Straight to the Heart (5:08)
  12. 12 Goodbye (5:33)
  13. 13 Let's Just Say Goodbye (4:36)
  14. 14 Anywhere I Wander (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Sanborn Primary Artist
Al Jarreau Vocals
Technical Credits
Michael Colina Producer
Don Grolnick Arranger, Composer, Producer
Bob James Composer
Ricky Peterson Producer
David Sanborn Composer
Michael Sembello Composer
John Simon Producer
Frank Loesser Composer
Peter Asher Producer
Ray Bardani Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
John Court Producer
Charlie Haden Composer
Tommy LiPuma Producer
Johnny Mandel Producer
Robert Margouleff Producer
Marcus Miller Producer
Dale Oehler Producer
David Ritz Liner Notes
Michael Halsband Photo Courtesy
Lisa Glines Art Direction
M. Miller Composer
Traditional Composer
R. Connelly Composer
D. Belfield Composer
H. Woods Composer
R. Peterson Composer
W. B. Johnson Composer
D. Freeman Composer
D. Batteau Composer
J. Campbell Composer
J. Sabater Composer
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