Today I’m featuring a song from one of my favorite smooth jazz albums of all time. Released thirty years ago (no, I can’t believe it’s been that long either) Double Vision by Bob James and David Sanborn became a favorite from the first time I heard it. It didn’t hurt that I’d been following both musicians separately for a while prior to the album.
Bob James I knew from my cousin’s record collection. I remember playing “Westchester Lady” from the album Three, when I seemed to find a new treasure in that record pile almost daily. I also remember his theme song from the television show Taxi, “Angela,” as well. He also arranged several of Grover Washington Jr.’s albums during the 70s. And as I grew older, I listened to and looked out for more of his music.
David Sanborn didn’t really appear on my radar until I got to college. A friend in the dorm had his Straight From The Heart album. He played it one day and I asked if I could borrow it so I could make a copy on cassette. From there, as I tended to do in those days, I worked backward to his earlier releases. To say that I became a big fan of Sanborn’s would be an understatement. I also began collecting every release after that album.
The first of those releases just so happened to be his collaboration with James. I make sure that I listen to this album every so often, because I enjoy it so much. In fact, while I’m writing this post, I am listening to it. The song I’ve chosen is the first track from the album, “Maputo.” From the way it fades in, to the great saxophone work by Sanborn, to James’ complementary keyboard playing and Marcus Miller’s ever-present bass, it’s a great listen. There isn’t a bad song on the album, in my opinion.
I hope you enjoy today’s Smooth Jazz Sunday offering, and as always, thanks for reading and listening.