David Sanborn at the Uptown Theater, 9/23/08

David Sanborn

September 23, 2008

Uptown Theater

Better Than: A Steel Cage Deathmatch between Kenny G and Dave Koz.

By JOHN KREICBERGS

What is there to say about smooth jazz that hasn’t been said a million times before? Safe? Check. Saccharine sweet? Check. Flaccid? Check. Lacking soul? Check. Commercial? Check. Musique d’ameublement? Check.

While most would point to such smooth jazz staples as Kenny G or the Yellowjackets as being the artistic antithesis of the wild men and women of jazz that preceded them, the outright dismissal of an entire genre of music – and a successful one at that – is hard to justify. In such moments, it simply reveals a sense of laziness on the part of the critic or listener in wanting to separate craft from crap. Strolling into the Uptown Theater last night to catch proclaimed smooth jazz elderstatesman David Sanborn, the primary goal was to open both my ears and my mind.

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