The great David Sanborn made a return appearance to the world famous Jazz Kitchen for a sold-out, two night engagement this weekend. Is been a while since Sanborn has played the Jazz Kitchen but he wasted little time in getting re-aquainted with the loyal crowd. Starting off with two tunes by the great Michael Brecker, including "Tumbleweeds" and "Half Moon Lane", they performed "Maputo" by bassist Marcus Miller, a beautiful tune called "Gest Humaine", written by Alice Soyer, "Spanish Joint" by D'Angelo & the recently departed trumpeter, Roy Hargrove, and a Wycliff Gordon tune called "On the Spot". They also performed "All in the Game" with just Sanborn and pianist Andy Ezrin. Interesting, this tune was written by the self-taught pianist Charles G. Dawes, who was the Vice President for Calvin Coolidge.
The tune was originally written by Dawes in 1912 for piano and violin and called "Melody in A Major". In 1951, lyrics were added, transforming the song into "It's all in the Game". Over the years, this tune has been recorded by The Four Tops, Isaac Hayes, Van Morrison, Nat King Cole, Elton John and many others. In addition to Sanborn and pianist Andy Ezrin, the band included the fantastic bassist Bob DeBoo and drummer Billy Kilson.