David Sanborn died on Sunday. I didn’t know him or his music much but he was a well-known player over the last few decades. He was planning on touring next year, but succumbed to prostate cancer.

Filmed on December 14, 1998 at Unitel Studios, New York City for broadcast on ABC-TV (U.S.) in the early hours of 1 January 1999 as “After New Year’s Eve”. Released in Japan only in 1999.

David William Sanborn (born July 30, 1945) is an American alto saxophonist. Though #DavidSanborn has worked in many genres, his solo recordings typically blend #jazz with instrumental pop and R&B. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school.

One of the most commercially successful American saxophonists to earn prominence since the 1980s, Sanborn is described by critic Scott Yannow as “the most influential saxophonist on pop, R&B, and crossover players of the past 20 years.” He is often identified with radio-friendly #smoothjazz, but he has expressed a disinclination for the genre and his association with it.

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