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ON BRUCE SPRING­STEEN’S BORN TO RUN

David San­born played bari­tone sax­o­phone on Bruce Spring­steen’s 1975 clas­sic as part of the al­bum’s im­pres­sive horn sec­tion and con­trib­uted to the song, Tenth Av­enue Freeze-Out, among oth­ers. “I al­ways found him to be a re­ally great guy,” San­born says. “I re­mem­ber the pres­sure he was un­der mak­ing that record. You could feel the ten­sion and pres­sure he was un­der. I’m not sure what all the sources of that pres­sure were, but it was very clear the mo­ment you walked into the door. Peo­ple had their jaws clenched. They were se­ri­ous. There was a lot rid­ing on it. They in­vested a lot of money or it was a real crit­i­cal mo­ment in his record­ing ca­reer, I don’t know re­ally know what the source was. It seemed there was a lot rid­ing on that record. For­tu­nately, it turned out to be mon­u­men­tal. It’s a great record. The en­ergy and the pas­sion of that record is as­tound­ing. He re­ally de­liv­ered the goods.”

ON DAVID BOWIE’S YOUNG AMER­I­CANS

The most fa­mous pop-rock sax solo of the 1970s? Cer­tainly, San­born’s iconic work on the ti­tle track of David Bowie’s 1975 clas­sic is up there with the best of the era. “Bowie had not re­ally toured Amer­ica prior to this tour he did called the Diamond Dogs tour, which he did right af­ter he made that al­bum. That was my first ex­pe­ri­ence with him. Dur­ing the course of that tour, he started writ­ing the mu­sic for the Young Amer­i­cans and I think he was ob­vi­ously in­spired by Philadel­phia soul mu­sic and de­cided to ac­tu­ally got to Philadel­phia and record in the same stu­dio that a lot of those Philly soul records were recorded in.”

ON STE­VIE WON­DER’S TALK­ING BOOK

San­born worked with Won­der dur­ing his tour open­ing for the Rolling Stones and sub­se­quent work on the 1972 clas­sic, Talk­ing Book. San­born was a guest on Talk­ing Book along­side artists such as Ray Parker Jr. and Jeff Beck. “It was ob­vi­ously a big deal, be­cause the Stones had been go­ing for al­most 10 years at that point. They were ob­vi­ously an es­tab­lished band. We were play­ing these big venues, Madi­son Square Gar­den and places like that. But Ste­vie Won­der, at that point, was not a big deal. He was just com­ing off of be­ing Lit­tle Ste­vie Won­der. When he made Talk­ing Book, which was the al­bum that re­ally ex­ploded for him, he was do­ing that while we were on the road with the Rolling Stones. I played on one song on that record.”

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