by David Sanborn



Directly following his adventurous Another Hand, some listeners were disappointed with the fact that David Sanborn did not permanently switch from R&B/crossover to creative jazz. However, Upfront is generally quite appealing and takes some chances within its genre. Although bassist Marcus Miller is once again an important collaborator, the emphasis is on "real" instruments, most notably the organ of Ricky Peterson. Other musicians in the backup groups include John Purcell on various reeds, trumpeter Randy Brecker, drummer Steve Jordan and guest Eric Clapton, who takes a guitar solo on "Full House." The most unusual selection is the final cut, a version of Ornette Coleman's "Ramblin'" that finds Sanborn, Miller, Peterson and Jordan joined by the avant-garde trumpeter Herb Robertson. Overall, this is an above-average effort from the highly influential altoist.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/1992
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596127226
catalogNumber: 61272

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Sanborn   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Vocals,Sopranino
Naná Vasconcelos   Percussion
Hiram Bullock   Guitar
Ricky Peterson   Piano,Hammond Organ
Herb Robertson   Trumpet
John Purcell   Alto Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Saxello
Don Alias   Percussion,Conga,Vocals
Dave Bargeron   Trombone,Tuba
Art Baron   Trombone
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Chris Bruce   Guitar
Barry Campbell   Vocals
Crispin Cioe   Baritone Saxophone
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Soloist
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
Steve Ferrone   Vocals
Laurie Frink   Trumpet
Bob Funk   Trombone
Earl Gardner   Trumpet
Stan Harrison   Alto Saxophone
Tommy LiPuma   Vocals
Marcus Miller   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Bass Clarinet,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Lenny Pickett   Tenor Saxophone
Richard Tee   Hammond Organ
Ava Gardner   Vocals
William Patterson   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,wah wah guitar
Bibi Green   Vocals
Steve Harrison   Alto Saxophone
Susan Brown-Silag   Vocals
Manny Castillo   Vocals
Arno Hecht   Tenor Saxophone
Chris Alberts   Vocals
Becky Anderson   Vocals
Steve Jordan   Drums,Timbales,Vocals
Paul Litterall   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Joe Ferla   Engineer
Jason Miles   Programming
Marcus Miller   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Lenny Pickett   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Uptown Horns   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Chris Albert   Engineer
Art Smith   Drum Technician
Steve Byram   Artwork
Shannon Carr   Engineer

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