(Catalog # HSR 106)
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.
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!
John Sandfort (tenor sax), Michael T. Jones (piano), Joe
Gransden (trumpet), Clay Hulet (drums),
Craig Shaw (bass)