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Chicago Song (A Change of Heart) David Sanborn

In Chicago Song on February 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm

A Change of Heart (1987) Warner Bros

By the mid 1980s saxophonist David Sanborn’s sound was dominated by the synthetic tinge of keyboards and synthesizers, falling in line with the slick, crossover jazz style of the era. 1987’s Change of Heart is emblematic of Sanborn’s direction at the time, and its eight tracks alternate between funky, danceable numbers and smooth ballads, all with a highly polished commercial veneer. Sanborn seldom gets adventurous; but that’s not what his listeners expect. Rather, Change of Heart shows off the saxophonist’s bright, groovy sound and plenty of his patented high-register playing.

Engineers include: Michael Hutchinson, Eric Calvi, Keith Seppanen.

Personnel includes: David Sanborn (alto saxophone); Mac Rebennack (piano); Don Grolnick (electric piano); Philippe Saisse (keyboards, synthesizers, programming); Michael Colina, Ronnie Foster (synthesizers, programming); John Mahoney (Synclavier); Michael Brecker (EWI); Carlos Rios (acoustic & electric guitars); Marcus Miller (guitar, keyboards, bass); Hugh McCracken, Nicky Moroch, Hiram Bullock (guitar); Anthony Jackson (bass); Steve Ferrone, Micky Curry, John Robinson, Steve Gadd (drums); Mino Cinelu (percussion, electronic drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Jason Miles (synthesizer programming).

Producers: Marcus Miller, Ronnie Foster, Philippe Saisse, Micheal Colina.


  1. Chicago Song (6:26)
  2. Imogene (5:26)
  3. High Roller (4:39)
  4. Tintin (4:05)
  5. Breaking Point (4:26)
  6. A Change of Heart (5:07)
  7. Summer (5:45)
  8. The Dream (4:58)

01 – Chicago Song (Marcus Miller)

  • David Sanborn: Saxophone Alto
  • Jason Miles: Programmation (Synthétiseurs)
  • Bernard Wright: Synthétiseurs additionnels
  • Marcus Miller: Claviers, Basse, Guitare rythmique
  • Hiram Bullock: Guitare
  • Steve Ferrone: Batterie
  • Mark Stevens: Choeurs

Marcus Miller Biography

In Bio, Chicago Song on February 18, 2012 at 12:16 am

Marcus Miller (born William Henry Marcus Miller Jr., June 14, 1959, Brooklyn, New York) is an American jazz composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Miller is best known as a bassist, working with trumpeter Miles Davis, pianist Herbie Hancock, singer Luther Vandross, and saxophonist David Sanborn, as well as maintaining a prolific solo career. Miller is classically trained as a clarinetist and also plays keyboards, saxophone and guitar.

Life and career

Early life

Miller was born in 1959 and raised in a musical family that includes his father, William Miller (a church organist and choir director) and jazz pianist Wynton Kelly. By 13, Marcus was proficient on clarinet, piano and bass guitar, and already writing songs. Two years later he was working regularly inNew York City, eventually playing bass and writing music for jazz flautist Bobbi Humphrey and keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith. Miller soon became a first call session musician, gracing well over 500 albums, a short list of which includes Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock, Mariah Carey, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Frank Sinatra, Dr. John, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Grover Washington Jr., Donald Fagen, Bill Withers, Chaka Khan, LL Cool J, Me’shell Ndegé Ocello and Flavio Sala.

Professional career

Miller at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, 2007

Miller spent approximately 15 years performing as a sideman or session musician, observing how band leaders operated. During that time he also did a lot of arranging and producing. He was a member of the Saturday Night Live band 1978-1979. He wrote the intro to Aretha Franklin’s ‘I Wanna Make It Up To You’. He has played bass on over 500 recordings including those of Luther Vandross, Grover Washington Jr., Roberta Flack, Carly Simon, McCoy Tyner, Bryan Ferry andBilly Idol. He won the “Most Valuable Player” award, (awarded by NARAS to recognize studio musicians) three years in a row and was subsequently awarded “player emeritus” status and retired from eligibility. In the nineties, Miller began to make his own records, putting a band together to take advantage of touring opportunities.

Miller’s proficiency on his main instrument, the bass guitar, is generally well-regarded. Not only has Miller been involved in the continuing development of the technique known as “slapping”, particularly his “thumb” technique, but his fretless bass technique has also served as an inspiration to many, and he has taken the fretless bass into musical contexts and genres previously unexplored. The influences of some of the previous generation of electric bass players, such as Larry Graham, Stanley Clarke, and Jaco Pastorius, are audible in Miller’s playing. Early in his career, Miller was accused of being simply imitative of Pastorius, but has since more fully integrated the latter’s methodology into his own sound.

Miller has an extensive discography, and tours frequently and widely in Europe and Japan.

Between 1988 and 1990 he appeared in the first season and again toward the end as both the musical director and also as the house band bass player in the Sunday Night Band during the two seasons of the acclaimed music performance program Sunday Night on NBC late-night television.

As a composer, Miller wrote “Tutu” for Miles Davis, a piece that defined Davis’s career in the late 1980s, and was the title track of Davis’s album Tutu, upon which Miller wrote all the songs with only two exceptions, and one of those was co-written with Davis. He also composed “Chicago Song” for David Sanborn and co-wrote “‘Til My Baby Comes Home”, “It’s Over Now”, “For You to Love”, and “Power of Love” forLuther Vandross. Miller also wrote “Da Butt”, which was featured in Spike Lee’s School Daze.

Personal life

Miller has a wife and four children: two daughters and two sons, one of whom, Jon, recently graduated from Columbia Universityand now works for radio and television host Glenn Beck.

Grammy Awards

Miller has won numerous Grammy Awards as a producer for Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, David Sanborn, Bob James, Chaka Khan andWayne Shorter. He won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1992, for Luther Vandross’ “Power of Love” and in 2001 he won for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for his fourth solo instrumental album, M2.

Miller currently has his own band. In 1997 he played bass and bass clarinet in a band called Legends, featuring Eric Clapton (guitars and vocals), Joe Sample (piano), David Sanborn (alto sax) and Steve Gadd (drums). It was an 11-date tour of major jazz festivals inEurope.

In addition to his recording and performance career, Miller has established a parallel career as a film score composer. He has written numerous scores for films featuring Eddie Murphy, L.L. Cool J, Chris Rock, Matthew Perry, Samuel L. Jackson and others. He composed the musical score for the Chris Rock-created sit-com, Everybody Hates Chris, now in syndication on Nick-At Nite.

Instruments and gear

He plays a 1977 Fender Jazz Bass that was modified by Roger Sadowsky with the addition of a Bartolini preamp so he could control his sound in the studio. Fender currently produces a Marcus Miller signature Fender Jazz Bass in four- (made in Japan) and five-string (made in U.S) versions.


Solo period (1982–present)

  • 1983: Suddenly
  • 1984: Marcus Miller
  • 1993: The Sun Don’t Lie
  • 1995: Tales
  • 1998: Live & More
  • 2000: Best of ’82-’96
  • 2001:  (2002 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album)
  • 2002: The Ozell Tapes – Live 2001
  • 2005: Silver Rain
  • 2007: Free
  • 2008: Marcus[4]
  • 2008: Thunder (as SMV, with Stanley Clarke and Victor Wooten)
  • 2010: A Night in Monte Carlo – Live 2009
  • 2011: Tutu Revisited – Live 2010
  • 2012: tba

Luther Vandross period

  • 1983: “Busy Body”
  • 1985: “The Night I Fell In Love”
  • 1985: “‘Til My Baby Comes Home”
  • 1985: “It’s Over Now”
  • 1986: “I Really Didn’t Mean It”
  • 1986: “Never Too Much”
  • 1986: “She Won’t Talk To Me”
  • 1986: “Give Me the Reason”
  • 1987: “Stop to Love”
  • 1987: “See Me”
  • 1988: “Luther In Love – Megamix”
  • 1988: “Any Love”
  • 1989: “The Best of Love”
  • 1989: “Come Back”
  • 1991: “The Rush”
  • 1991: “Power of Love / Love Power (Uno Clio & Colin and Carl Remix)”
  • 1991: “Power of Love / Love Power”
  • 1991: “Power of Love”
  • 1993: “Never Let Me Go”
  • 1993: “Heaven Knows”
  • 1995: “This Is Christmas”
  • 1995: “Power of Love / Love Power (The Frankie Knuckles Mixes)”
  • 1996: “Your Secret Love”
  • 1996: “I Can Make It Better”
  • 1998: “I Know”
  • 2001: “Luther Vandross”
  • 2003: “Dance With My Father”
  • 2007: “Love, Luther”

Grover Washington jr period

  • 1984: Inside Moves

David Sanborn period (1975–2000)

  • 1977: Lovesongs
  • 1980: Hideaway
  • 1981: Voyeur
  • 1981: As We Speak
  • 1982: Backstreet
  • 1984: Straight to the Heart
  • 1987: Change of Heart
  • 1988: Close-Up
  • 1991: Another Hand
  • 1992: Upfront
  • 1994: Hearsay
  • 1995: Pearls
  • 1996: Songs from the Night Before
  • 1999: Inside

Miles Davis period (1980–1990)

  • 1981: The Man with the Horn
  • 1982: We Want Miles
  • 1983: Star People
  • 1986: Tutu
  • 1987: Music From Siesta
  • 1989: Amandla
  • 2002: The Complete Miles Davis at Montreux

The Jamaica Boys period (1986–1990)

  • 1987: The Jamaica Boys
  • 1989: The Jamaica Boys II: J. Boys

Film scores

  • 1990: “House Party” (featuring Kid & Play)
  • 1992: “Boomerang” (featuring Eddie Murphy)
  • 1994: “Above the Rim” (featuring Tupac Shakur)
  • 1994: “A Low Down Dirty Shame” (featuring Keenan Ivory Wayans)
  • 1996: “The Great White Hype” (featuring Samuel L. Jackson)
  • 1997: “The Sixth Man” (featuring Marlon Wayans)
  • 1999: “An American Love Story”
  • 2000: “The Ladies Man” (featuring Tim Meadows)
  • 2001: “The Trumpet of the Swan” (featuring Reese Witherspoon)
  • 2001: “The Brothers” (featuring Morris Chestnut)
  • 2001: “Two Can Play That Game” (featuring Vivaca Fox)
  • 2002: “Serving Sara” (featuring Matthew Perry)
  • 2003: “Deliver Us from Eva” (featuring L.L. Cool J)
  • 2003: “Head of State” (featuring Chris Rock)
  • 2004: “Breakin’ All the Rules” (featuring Jamie Foxx)
  • 2005: “King’s Ransom” (featuring Anthony Anderson)
  • 2006: “Save the Last Dance 2” (featuring Izabella Miko)
  • 2007: “I Think I Love My Wife” (featuring Chris Rock)
  • 2007: “This Christmas” (featuring Idris Elba)
  • 2008: “Thunder” (featuring Stanley Clark and Victor Wooten)
  • 2009: “Good Hair” (featuring Chris Rock as SMV)
  • 2009: “Obsessed” (featuring Beyoncé Knowles)

David Sanborn Biography

In Bio, Chicago Song on February 17, 2012 at 11:42 pm

David Sanborn (born July 30, 1945) is an American alto saxophonist. David SanbornThough Sanborn 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. Sanborn has also worked extensively as a session musician, notably on David Bowie’s Young Americans (1975).

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.” Sanborn is often identified with radio-friendly smooth jazz However, Sanborn has expressed a disinclination for both the genre itself and his association with it.


Early years

Sanborn was born in Tampa, Florida, and grew up in Kirkwood, Missouri. He suffered from polio in his youth, and began playing the saxophone on a physician’s advice to strengthen his weakened chest muscles and improve his breathing. Alto saxophonist Hank Crawford, at the time a member of Ray Charles’ band, was an early and lasting influence on Sanborn. Sanborn performed with blues musicians Albert King and Little Milton at the age of 14, and continued playing blues when he joined Paul Butterfield’s band in 1967, after attending the University of Iowa.

Although Sanborn is most associated with smooth jazz, he explored the edges of free jazz in his youth, studying with saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell and Julius Hemphill. In 1993, he revisited this genre when he appeared on Tim Berne’s Diminutive Mysteries, dedicated to Hemphill. Sanborn’s album Another Hand also featured leading avant garde musicians.

In his three and-a-half decade career, Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy awards and has had eight gold albums and one platinum album. He continues to be one of the most highly active musicians of his genre, with 2010 tour dates exceeding 150.


He has been a highly regarded session player since the late 1960s, playing with an array of well-known artists, such as James Brown, Bryan Ferry, Michael Stanley, Eric Clapton, Bobby Charles, Cat Stevens, Roger Daltrey, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Jaco Pastorius, the Brecker Brothers, Michael Franks, Kenny Loggins, Casiopea, Players Association, David Bowie, Todd Rundgren, Bruce Springsteen, Little Feat, Tommy Bolin, Bob James, James Taylor, Al Jarreau, Pure Prairie League, Kenny G, George Benson, Joe Beck, Donny Hathaway, Elton John, Gil Evans, Carly Simon, Guru, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, Kenny Garrett, Roger Waters, Steely Dan, Ween, the Eagles, The Grateful Dead, the German group Nena, and Japanese pop star Utada Hikaru.

Sanborn has won numerous awards including Grammy Awards for Voyeur (1981), Double Vision (1986), a Change of Heart (Chicago Song) (1987) and the instrumental album Close Up (1988). In television, Sanborn is well known for his sax solo in the theme song for the NBC hit drama L.A. Law. He has also done some film scoring for films such as Lethal Weapon and Scrooged. In 1991 Sanborn recorded Another Hand, which the All Music Guide to Jazz described as a “return by Sanborn to his real, true love: unadorned (or only partly adorned) jazz” that “balanced the scales” against his smooth jazz material. The album, produced by Hal Willner, featured musicians from outside the smooth jazz scene, such as Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, and Marc Ribot. His more recent albums include Closer.

In 1994 Sanborn appeared in A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who, also known as Daltrey Sings Townshend. This was a two-night concert at Carnegie Hall produced by Roger Daltrey of English rock band The Who in celebration of his fiftieth birthday. In 1994 a CD and a VHS video were issued, and in 1998 a DVD was released.

In 1995 he performed in The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True a musical performance of the popular story at Lincoln Center to benefit the Children’s Defense Fund. The performance was originally broadcast on Turner Network Television (TNT), and issued on CD and video in 1996.

Broadcasting activities

Sanborn has performed on both radio and television broadcasts; he has also acted as a host. Since the late 1980s he has been a regular guest member of Paul Shaffer’s band on Late Night with David Letterman. From 1988-89, he co-hosted Night Music, a late-night music show on NBC television with Jools Holland. Following producer Hal Willner’s eclectic approach, the show positioned Sanborn with many famed musicians, such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Pharoah Sanders, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Lou Reed, Jean-Luc Ponty, Santana, Todd Rundgren, Youssou N’dour, Pere Ubu, Loudon Wainwright III, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and Curtis Mayfield. During the 1980s and 1990s, Sanborn hosted a syndicated radio program, The Jazz Show with David Sanborn. Sanborn has recorded many shows’ theme songs as well as several other songs for The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder.

More recent activities

In 2004, Sanborn was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame. In 2006, he was featured in Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band’s album The Phat Pack on the track “Play That Funky Music”, a remake of the Wild Cherry’ hit in a big band style. Sanborn often performs at Japan’s Blue Note venues in Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo. He plays on the song “Your Party” on Ween’s 2007 release La Cucaracha. On April 8, 2007, Sanborn sat in with the Allman Brothers Band during their annual run at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

In 2010, Sanborn toured primarily with a trio featuring jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco where they played the combination of blues and jazz found in his latest album. “Only Everything”. In 2011, Sanborn will tour with keyboardist George Duke and bassist Marcus Miller as the group “DMS”.



As leader

  • Taking Off (1975)
  • Beck & Sanborn, with Joe Beck (1975)
  • David Sanborn (1976)
  • Promise Me the Moon (1977)
  • Heart to Heart (1978)
  • Hideaway (1979)
  • Voyeur (1981)
  • As We Speak (1981)
  • Backstreet (1982)
  • Straight to the Heart (1984)
  • Double Vision, with Bob James (1986)
  • A Change of Heart (1987)
  • Close Up (1988)
  • Another Hand (1991)
  • Upfront (1992)
  • Hearsay (1994)
  • The Best of David Sanborn (1994)
  • Pearls (1995)
  • Love Songs (1995)
  • Songs from the Night Before (1996)
  • Inside (1999)
  • The Essentials (2002)
  • Time Again (2003)
  • Closer (2005)
  • Original Album Classics (5 CD box set of 5 albums reissued in replica LP covers)
  • Here and Gone (2008)
  • Only Everything (2010)

As sideman

With Hubert Laws

  • The Chicago Theme (CTI, 1974)


  • Legends: Live at Montreux 1997 (Released: 2005)
  • The Legends of Jazz: Showcase (Released: 2006)



  • The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True (1995)
    Cast member in the TV musical
  • Scrooged (1988)
    Played a street musician
  • Sunday Night (1988)
    Was the host of this music show (later known as Michelob Presents Night Music)
  • Magnum P.I. (1986)
    Was guest saxophonist in the episode L.A.
  • Stelle Sulla Citta (1983)


  • Eric Clapton & Friends in Concert (1999)
  • Burt Bacharach: One Amazing Night (1995)
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1996)
  • Forget Paris (1995)
  • Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who (1994)
  • Michael Kamen: Concert for Saxophone (1991)
  • Benny Carter: Symphony in Riffs (1989)
  • The 2nd Annual Soul Train Music Awards (1988)
  • The 1st Annual Soul Train Music Awards (1987)
  • One Trick Pony (1980)
  • Late Night with David Letterman / The David Letterman Show (occasionally, 1986)
  • Saturday Night Live (15 March 1980)
  • Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
  • Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
  • Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
  • Psycho III (1986)
  • Finnegan Begin Again (1985)
  • Stelle Sulla Citta (1983)
  • Moment to Moment (1975)
  • Forget Paris (1995)
  • Tequila Sunrise (1988)
  • Lethal Weapon (1987)
  • Psycho III (1986)
  • Murphy’s Romance (1985)
  • Saturday Night Live (1975)

Gear List

  • Saxophone
    Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone
    Manufacturer: Selmer
    Location: Paris, France
    Retail Value (approx): $6,000 (US)
  • Reeds
    Vandoren V16 reeds
    Each reed lasts David roughly a week.
  • Mouthpiece
    A modified Dukoff D8 Metal Alto Sax Mouthpiece
  • Ligature
    A Harrison Ligature
  • Bell Jar
    To keep his reeds humidified without over-soaking them, David soaks the reeds in water in a bell jar. First he soaks them for a couple of hours in the jar, and then empties out most of the water so that the reeds won’t get wet, but will still stay humid. He finds this technique extremely valuable.
  • References
  1. a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (1996) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD (Third ed.). London: Penguin Group. pp. 1148–1149.ISBN 0-14-051368-X.
  2. ^ “Biography”. Official Community of David Sanborn. Retrieved 2008-05-15.
  3. ^ Yannow, Scott “David Sanborn — Biography” from, URL accessed 21 May 2011
  4. a b c Balfany, Greg (January/February 1989). “David Sanborn”. Saxophone Journal 13 (4): pp. 28–31
  5. ^ “Sessions”. Official Community of David Sanborn. Retrieved 2008-05-15
  6. ^ Wynn, Ron (1994). All Music Guide to Jazz. San Francisco: Miller Freeman. p. 567. ISBN 0879303085
  7. a b “Discography”. Official Community of David Sanborn. Retrieved 2008-05-16.
  8. a b c d “Filmography”. Official Community of David Sanborn. Retrieved 2008-05-16.
  9. ^ “Lethal Weapon (1987) Full cast and crew”. IMDB. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
  10. ^ “Gear List”. Official Community of David Sanborn. Retrieved 2008-05-16.

Chicago Song Bass line

In Chicago Song on February 17, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Marcus Miller’s anthem, Chicago Song, the addictive and groovy bass line