David William Sanborn (born July 30, 1945) is an American alto saxophonist. Though Sanborn has worked in many genres, his solo recordings typically blend jazz with instrumental pop and R&B. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school.

One of the most commercially successful American saxophonists to earn prominence since the 1980s, Sanborn is described by critic Scott Yannow as "the most influential saxophonist on pop, R&B, and crossover players of the past 20 years." He is often identified with radio-friendly smooth jazz, but he has expressed a disinclination for the genre and his association with it.

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1975Beck & SanbornJoe Beck & David Sanborn2
1975Taking OffDavid Sanborn3
1981VoyeurDavid Sanborn3
1982As We SpeakDavid Sanborn2
1983BackstreetDavid Sanborn2
1984Straight to the HeartDavid Sanborn4
1985Double VisionBob James & David Sanborn36
1987A Change of HeartDavid Sanborn1
1988Close‐UpDavid Sanborn2
1990David SanbornDavid Sanborn2
1991Another HandDavid Sanborn3
1992UpfrontDavid Sanborn33
1994HearsayDavid Sanborn2
1995PearlsDavid Sanborn2
1996Songs From the Night BeforeDavid Sanborn1
1999InsideDavid Sanborn1
2003TimeagainDavid Sanborn3
2005CloserDavid Sanborn1
2007Promise Me The MoonDavid Sanborn1
2008Here and GoneDavid Sanborn2
2010Only EverythingDavid Sanborn1
2013Quartette HumaineBob James & David Sanborn feat. Steve Gadd, James Genus1
2014Enjoy the ViewBobby Hutcherson, David Sanborn & Joey DeFrancesco Feat. Billy Hart2
2015Time and the RiverDavid Sanborn2
2018This MasqueradeDavid Sanborn1
HideawayDavid Sanborn2
Heart to HeartDavid Sanborn1

Album + Compilation

1994The Best of David SanbornDavid Sanborn3
1995Love SongsDavid Sanborn1
1996Sanborn Best! Dreaming GirlDavid Sanborn1
2002The EssentialsDavid Sanborn1
2010Original Album SeriesDavid Sanborn1
2012Then Again: The AnthologyDavid Sanborn1
2020Anything You Want: The Warner-Reprise-Elektra Years 1975-1999David Sanborn1

Album + Soundtrack

1987Lethal Weapon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Lethal Weapon [2017])Eric Clapton, David Sanborn and Michael Kamen1

Album + Live

2005Legends Live at Montreux 1997Eric Clapton, Steve Gadd, Marcus Miller, Joe Sample, David Sanborn2


1987Chicago SongDavid Sanborn3
1988SlamDavid Sanborn1
1989Knockin’ on Heaven's DoorRandy Crawford feat. Eric Clapton and David Sanborn2

Other + Soundtrack

2009David Sanborn Live At Montreux 1984David Sanborn1

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