Contemporary Jazz

Here They Go

15 MAR 12 JONATHAN WIDRAN

In January, two months before the release of Here We Go, Peter White's debut on Heads Up and 13th solo release since 1990, the renowned acoustic guitarist found himself backstage on the 2012 Smooth Jazz Cruise, teaching David Sanborn how to play The Beatles' "Get Back" -- part of the late night jam session Night Music featuring the sax legend, Marcus Miller and Joe Sample. Fans of White and Sanborn who missed that show will get the chance to hear them jamming this spring on the title track of the new album, which features the saxman's horn throughout.

The two first met at the 2010 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, where Sanborn gave White his number and said he would love to record together sometime. In the midst of writing material for Here We Go, the perfect song came to White while he was driving. Sanborn loved it, and after some delays due to touring, recorded his parts at his New York studio. Inspired, White reworked his guitar around what the saxman had come up with.

The infectious, melodic and grooving as always set includes a track with Kirk Whalum (the lush ballad "Our Dance"), while the rest of the album features the soulful sax work of Andreu Neu. White's 11-year-old daughter Charlotte has a cameo on the exotic, Eastern flavored jam "If Ever..." Balancing the funky elements is the haunting "Requiem For A Princess," which White wrote shortly after the death of Princess Diana in 1997. White calls it the "saddest song I've ever written," but it has a gently loping sense of wistfulness that offers hope amidst the remembered sorrow.