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Another Hand

No, this is not R&B-jazz kingpin David Sanborn’s ”long-awaited” capital J-jazz album. But Another Hand is the first Sanborn record to extend beyond his ever-popular R&B-fusion style and really suggest his broad tastes. Sanborn’s signature style — hot streams of bluesy riffs — hasn’t disappeared but is inserted into challenging new contexts, from Charlie Haden’s lyrical ”First Song” to the bouncy, syncopated rocker ”Hobbies” and Velvet Underground’s ”Jesus.” At other times, Sanborn’s playing is freer and more plaintive (reminiscent of saxophonist Jan Garbarek’s). Another Hand is the long-misunderstood Sanborn’s most adventurous step yet, and proves he’s not one to be pigeonholed. B

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