Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Sanborn‘s everything

Kristi Kates - August 9th, 2010
Sanborn’s Everything arrives at Interlochen
By Kristi Kates
Saxophonist David Sanborn’s studio and live performance resume reads like a Who’s Who of jazz, R&B, and pop/rock music.
He’s performed in-session and/or live with -- among others -- James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Cat Stevens, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Carly Simon, The Eagles, Elton John, and, perhaps most recognizably, David Bowie, for which Sanborn contributed the distinctive sax solo on Bowie’s 1975 classic hit “Young Americans.”
Today, Sanborn’s promoting his latest album release, Only Everything, (2010, Decca Records), his 24th album, on which he pays homage to one of his personal musical influences, Ray Charles.
The album focuses, obviously, on Sanborn’s alto sax performances, accompanied by the soulful, grooving organ work of Joey DeFrancesco, the beats of drummer Steve Gadd, and a four-piece horn section. James Taylor even shows up to throw some great vocals in on the track “Hallelujah, I Love Her So,” while other songs, including “Blues in the Night,” “Hard Times,” and “Only Everything” showcase the more present, frontman side of Sanborn himself.

Sanborn worked with yet another legend on his current album - namely, producer Phil Ramone, who has worked with many of the same collaborators that Sanborn has, plus a wide range of pop artists from Madonna to Jason Mraz, Jewel to Shelby Lynne. The album itself was reportedly recorded in just a few days, which Sanborn credits in part to Ramone’s being at the helm.
“We did just a few takes of each cut, as it seemed the first or second take was the one,” Sanborn said in a recent interview with Lee Mergner of JazzTimes, “Phil produces the record that you really want to make.”Ramone was also on hand to present the George Benson Lifetime Achievement Award to Sanborn at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards this past April. Co-chair of the event Mary Kirk only had praise for the musician.
“We are truly honoured to be able to celebrate David’s outstanding career by presenting him with this year’s Benson Award,” Kirk says, “like those recipients before him, he has been such a tremendous ambassador for jazz with his artistry.”

But before you take the “...Smooth Jazz...” part of that award to heart (“smooth jazz” being a term that Sanborn himself often eschews), be forewarned - this is a man who is a master of the saxophone, meaning he plays it like he means it.
Live, Sanborn performs with plenty of power - being David Sanborn, of course, he knows when to pull back and how to apply the perfect dynamics to each song - but he still appears to simply love a good rollicking saxophone jam, and chances are that’s much of what the audience at his upcoming Interlochen show will see.
Sanborn’s tour this summer has seen him showcasing a mix of material old and new, including the likes of “I Got News for You” and “Basin Street Blues,” as well as plenty of tracks from that aforementioned new album. At his appearance last month at the big Ohio State Fair, Sanborn celebrated his birthday (his 65th), and noted that he’s been “doing this since he was 15 years old” - so he definitely has plenty of material to draw from.
And, hopefully for jazz fans, plenty more years of performing the same.
David Sanborn performs at Interlochen’s Corson Auditorium on Friday, August 13 at 8:00 pm. Tickets available online at https://tickets.interlochen.org.

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