John Sandfort’s debut recording “Southbound” hits like a freight train at full steam. His bold, thick tenor saxophone sound assumes immediate control. The project is a balance of well-selected jazz standards and Sandfort’s fresh originals. The title “Southbound” fits the St. Louis native who now makes Atlanta, Georgia his home.
Sandfort’s musical development includes time in Chicago. The music of the “Windy City” natives Gene Ammons and Johnny Griffin gave significant influence. Add the sounds of Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Hank Mobley, Sonny Stitt and Wardell Gray to arrive at Sandfort’s classic yet personal sound.
There is an obvious sense of musician enjoyment in this recording as the players interact and expand the musical ideas. “When I play, if I can impart some of the feeling I get when listening to a Gene Ammons recording, or a swinging Cannonball Adderly track, I will be a happy guy”, says Sandfort. Mission accomplished!
PLAYERS: John Sandfort (tenor sax), Michael T. Jones (piano), Joe Gransden (trumpet), Clay Hulet (drums), Craig Shaw (bass)
1. Twins Click to play
2. Southbound Click to play
3. Piedmont Click to play
4. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning Click to play
5. Alone Together Click to play
6. Simplicity Click to play
7. Pork Belly Click to play
8. CJ Click to play
9. Return Of The Prodigal Son Click to play
10. Yardbird Suite Click to Play
11. When Lights Are Low Click to play
12. Gene’s Thing Click To Play
John Sandfort’s CD is available at CD Baby.
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