David Sanborn quotes

  • You never get it figured out. You just keep playing.
    -- David Sanborn

    #Jazz

  • Ninety-nine percent of the music that was of any interest to me when I was growing up came out of the black community.
    -- David Sanborn

    #Growing Up #Community #Black

  • When you have an acoustic bass in the ensemble it really changes the dynamic of the record because it kind of forces everybody to play with a greater degree of sensitivity and nuance because it just has a different kind of tone and spectrum than the electric bass.
    -- David Sanborn

    #Play #Nuance #Acoustics

  • Its all about finding the right note at the right place and knowing when to leave well enough alone. And that's a lifelong quest.
    -- David Sanborn

    #Knowing #Quests #Enough

  • I look at the artistic process as like experiencing the world, channeling it through your personality and sending it back out there. That's the process.
    -- David Sanborn

    #Personality #Looks #World

  • I tend to play in a way that feels natural to me. To me that's authentic for myself. I play by where I'm led by some sense of where I feel I'm supposed to be.
    -- David Sanborn

    #Play #Way #Natural

  • I think 'Horace Silver' was actually the first live jazz group I ever heard back when I was a kid in St. Louis. So along with most players of my generation, I have a real affection for the music of 'Horace Silver.
    -- David Sanborn

    #Real #Kids #Player

  • In most of the stuff that I've done over the years as a sideman, I wasn't really a session musician, because to me, a session musician is a guy who makes his living in the studio, and I never really did that.
    -- David Sanborn

    #Years #Guy #Musician

  • In regard to music, I just think that it's always best to have an attitude of being a perpetual student and always look to learn something new about music, because there's always something new to learn.
    -- David Sanborn

    #Attitude #Thinking #Looks

  • Jazz music should be inclusive. Smooth jazz to me rules out a certain kind of drama and a certain tension that I think all music needs. Especially jazz music, since improvising is one of the cornerstones of what jazz is. And when you smooth it out, you take all the drama out of it.
    -- David Sanborn

    #Drama #Thinking #Needs

  • I think that that's the way the music grows and changes and becomes new and creative and vital. It's by synthesizing elements from all around it and not to maintain this kind of rigid myopic kind of tunnel vision, in a sense, trying to maintain a certain kind of purity, or whatever.
    -- David Sanborn

    #Thinking #Tunnels #Creative

  • I have pretty ecumenical tastes. I'm interested in a lot of different kinds of music, so I don't listen with a jaundiced ear to music because it's in a certain category, whether it's country or opera or hip-hop or bebop or whatever it is.
    -- David Sanborn

    #Country #Hip Hop #Different

  • When I make records, I never listen to stuff after it's done. Ever.
    -- David Sanborn

    #Done #Records #Stuff

  • To me, the object of practicing is to allow you to play what you hear. But you're always hearing new things, so you never get to the end of it.
    -- David Sanborn

    #Play #Hearing #Ends

  • Music is just kind of an expression of who I am. It's what I do.
    -- David Sanborn

    #Who I Am #Expression #Kind

  • Jazz music by its very nature is just a conglomerate of a lot of different kinds of music.
    -- David Sanborn

    #Different #Jazz #Kind

  • Instrumental music is increasingly marginalized and there's just no outlet, there's no venue for it, in terms of media.
    -- David Sanborn

    #Media #Instrumental Music #Outlets

  • I just kinda like playing. I don't necessarily go on tour to promote my albums. I'm on the road all the time. The fact that I have a new record is out is a coincidence.
    -- David Sanborn

    #Albums #Records #Goes On

  • You're only as good as your last record.
    -- David Sanborn

    #Records #Lasts

  • My name is on the thing, but the reality of it is, when I get up there on stage, I'm part of a band. I'm part of a unit. It's like a basketball team.
    -- David Sanborn

    #Basketball #Team #Reality

  • Instrumental music is increasingly marginalized.
    -- David Sanborn

    #Music #Instrumental Music #Music Is