BOB JAMES & DAVID SANBORN - Quartette Humaine Album Release at Town Hall,
Thursday, June 6
(Published: April 15, 2013)
Featuring James Genus and Steve Gadd
Performance Will Kick-Off Tour in Support of Their First Collaboration Since 1986
Bob James & David Sanborn
- Quartette Humaine
Bob James - piano
David Sanborn - alto saxophone
James Genus - bass
Steve Gadd - drums
One set at 8:00pm
123 West 43rd Street, NYC
Phone - 212-840-2824
Web - the-townhall-nyc.org
Acclaimed keyboardist-composer-arranger Bob James and alto saxophonist David Sanborn are set to perform at Town Hall in New York on Thursday, June 6 at 8:00pm. The album release performance will support their new project, Quartette Humaine (available May 21 on Okeh). The duo will be joined by bassist James Genus and drummer Steve Gadd. The event is presented by Absolutely Live Entertainment and is part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival.
The project is the first collaboration between the two musicians since their 1986 Platinum-selling, GRAMMY® Award-winning album, Double Vision. An all-acoustic quartet offering, Quartette Humaine pays tribute to the late iconic pianist-composer Dave Brubeck, putting a prime spotlight on his work that featured alto saxophonist Paul Desmond.
"David and I realized long ago that Double Vision had become more successful than we originally imagined it could be," James says. "Ironically, although we've met in the studio, doing other people's projects, we've never toured, or performed together live as a band. The exception was a midnight jam session at the Tokyo Jazz Festival a few years ago. We played just a couple of tunes, but it engendered the feeling that a reunion was way overdue."
On their second go-round, the old masters eschew the pop and R&B production values that mark large chunks of their respective discographies, and offer instead an all-acoustic quartet recital consisting of four new compositions by James, three pieces by Sanborn, and two James-arranged covers ("My Old Flame," "Geste Humain"). Propelled by legendary drummer Steve Gadd and 21st century bass giant James Genus, the proceedings are reflective, swinging, chock-a-block with unfailingly melodic improvising and beautiful tonalities.
"I used to separate live playing from being in the studio, and got into a mindset of having to labor over a record and make it right," explains Sanborn. "I want the studio to reflect that live experience-the fun of discovery, not knowing what's going to happen until it happens."
Bob James & David Sanborn · Quartette Humaine OKeh· Release Date: May 21, 2013