Monday, July 28, 2008

DVD of the Day - "David Sanborn: Love & Happiness"

DVD of the Day
David Sanborn: "Love & Happiness" (Columbia COBY 91286)
Besides the stunning Hiram Bullock performance on a Sanborn LaserDisc from the "Purely Music" series, released in 1991 here in the USA by the Image label, and yet to be reissued on DVD (Bullock takes a long walk out of the stage and the audience goes crazy!), this "Love & Happiness" DVD (available only in Japan) is the second best example of Hiram as a top-class entertainer. Barefoot, dressing jeans and a small t-shirt, near the end of his second abrasive solo on the track "Smile" - a magic moment where "Eric Gale meets Jimi Hendrix" - he suddenly "appears" playing between Sanborn's legs!
He plays superbly throughout the set, alongside Marcus Miller, Buddy Williams, Hamish Stuart and another guy I miss a lot, Don Grolnick.
Filmed in 1986 in black & white at "SIR", a famous reharsal studio in Manhattan, in front an invited audience, it's only 41-minute long but it's strongly recommended for both Bullock and Sanborn fans, featuring songs mostly from the best-selling "Straight To The Heart" album.

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