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Given the proliferation of standard- heavy instrumental collections, saxophonist David Sanborn’s decision to record titles like “Try a Little Tenderness” backed by a lush string and/or brass section could be seen as a calculated marketing move. But because Sanborn’s shtick-pop- and R&B-based ditties are all beginning to sound the same, any variation in his catalog should be welcomed. His latest, Pearls, does not approach the whispered lyricism of Another Hand—still his best recording—but his solos during “Tenderness” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” prove that there’s more to Sanborn’s artistry than his much-beloved blues- based phrases. His choruses on those titles, as well as the Sade- written title track, tumpel from his horn like windblown blossoms.