31 Total Quotes

David Sanborn Quotes

I'm somebody that pretty much operates by instinct, and I kind of have to follow my instincts.
David Sanborn
#Instinct

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
#American Musician

I think Norah Jones is a perfect example. Here's somebody who was playing the music she wanted to play and did it with some conviction, and it happened to be at a moment in time when there was a highly receptive audience for that kind of music.
David Sanborn
#Example

People who really understood the use of space and the fact that the sound and the silence are of equal weight and that what you're doing is really manipulating space. It's the same as a painting except that you're doing it aurally.
David Sanborn
#People

You're only as good as your last record.
David Sanborn
#American Musician

There are some logistical and legal nightmares tied to that show, ... for me, the great thrill of doing that show was playing with people I've been a fan of.
David Sanborn
#Legal

Instrumental music is increasingly marginalized and there's just no outlet, there's no venue for it, in terms of media.
David Sanborn
#American Musician #Media

While I believe my background makes me one of the most qualified people there is for this position, the convergence of a number of factors bring me to the conclusion that I cannot effectively serve my country, you, and the U.S. maritime industry.
David Sanborn
#People

Well I think that one of the things that I've learned over the years - some of it by experience and growth, and some of it just by the gradual physical falling away at certain things - that its really important to try to make less mean more.
David Sanborn
#Experience

No, it's unfair to the musicians and the people that work for the record labels, because they're scrambling to make their numbers every month or three months, or they're out of a job.
David Sanborn
#Musicians

I did full demos of all the songs at home, and then I took the demos into the studio and played them for everybody, and we then went ahead and did live versions.
David Sanborn
#Home

To me, a record needs to have a focus. It needs to have a core.
David Sanborn
#Focus

You might have a slight edge in terms of leverage if you've had some past success, but I don't think that really goes very far.
David Sanborn
#Past

We're living in an age now where that's the business model. And it's kind of hard to operate economically in that kind of climate because it stifles creativity.
David Sanborn
#Age And Aging

My whole contention, and my feeling in general about radio is, not just jazz radio, or smooth jazz radio, or whatever-radio in general is, I would like to see a little more variety within each one station.
David Sanborn
#Jazz

And I think that in the case of these last few - the musicians I had - the reasons I used the same people I did on the two albums was I really felt that these guys were not only great players in their own right but really understood the concept of functioning as a band.
David Sanborn
#Musicians

I'd been doing a syndicated radio show.
David Sanborn
#Radio

But hey, look, I became a musician because I love music.
David Sanborn
#Love

I love working with these guys. But I certainly don't begrudge them when they want to go off and do their own stuff.
David Sanborn
#Love

The problem often times with trying to recreate some moment is that you kind of try to do part two or a sequel.
David Sanborn
#Trying

The audience is interested in different stuff, not the same old, same old.
David Sanborn
#Audience

I'm just saying that the basic concept of creative freedom and growth creatively is a continuous process.
David Sanborn
#Freedom

I'm one of those people that wants to bring a lot of disparate elements together.
David Sanborn
#People

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
#American Musician

Well, I guess my unease with that is... I'm always a little uneasy with that phrase - smooth jazz, as opposed to what?
David Sanborn
#American Musician #Jazz

I think ticket prices are too high, but it costs so bloody much money to get anything together anymore.
David Sanborn
#Money

I think the problem is when a genre or style becomes limiting, when it starts to define what you're going to do, then it becomes a problem.
David Sanborn
#Style

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
#Reality