David Sancious talks about Jersey, Bruce and the new album
When David Sancious describes his new album “Eyes Wide Open” as “The best job I’ve ever done”, it’s praise from a man who was an original member of the E Street Band and who also shot and recorded with greats like Peter Gabriel, Sting, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Santana, Seal among countless other greats. David, who also sings on the album, came to my show on Wednesday night April 20 to talk about it.
“I say it’s my best work because it encompasses a pretty big time chasm. Everything, let’s say the last, the last track on the album is called ‘War and Heaven.’ It’s really, the whole piece is just me and Vinnie Colaiuta. And that was one of the first pieces that came together when I set up my studio. Vinnie and I had just started touring with Sting like, ’91, winter of ‘ 91 on the Soul Cages tour … so there’s music going back to that time, as recent as 2019 and everything in between. “
A balanced mix of four vocal compositions and four instrumental compositions, “Eyes Wide Open” is what Sancious describes as “a film for your ears”.
What influence has Bruce Springsteen had on your music?
“One day I left Belmar, New Jersey, where I lived, and I went to The Upstage in Asbury Park, New Jersey, which was that club where Bruce, all the music in Asbury Park was going on there. . It was called The Upstage and it was the only place that could accommodate all these little groups. And I was going there but I was too shy to like, I didn’t know the people there … and I wanted to go and I wanted to go on jam sessions and stuff. So that night I went over there and walked the place, it was like eight miles, you know, from Belmar to Asbury Park … so I come to the place and I returns. And it was a long flight of stairs to that kind of second story of a place. And Garry Tallent is standing there next to Bruce, and I hadn’t met Bruce but I knew who he was, because Bruce was like super famous before he called himself “Bruce” locally. But I had done a recording session with Garry Tallent a few weeks before for someone else. And we clicked right away, so I walked in and he recognizes me. And Garry and Bruce were standing there to set up the jam session for the next similar game round, from midnight to five in the morning. I walk up there and Garry says hey, introduce Bruce to me, shake my hand and he leaves, hey we have this, and Bruce says, ‘you wanna sit down, you wanna play this thing?’ And I said yes and boom, my life … that one night was the foundation, is the foundation for everything else that’s really happened to me musically, chronologically. “
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