David Sanborn – THE DREAM – a contemporary tempo analysis with bpm graphs, tempo maps, measurements and performance videos

david sanborn is an excellent stylist whose best song is THE DREAM. The only place in cyberspace I could find any analysis of the tempo of the song was, well, in comments that were vague to the point of not being useful to me as a drummer. Therefore, my staff and I broke the song down and present this article and encourage you to check out this page should you have an interest in the way Dave uses tempo.

meanspeed tempo map - David Sanborn - The Dream - linear
meanspeed tempo map – David Sanborn – The Dream – linear

“The Dream” is a song from David Sanborn’s Greatest Hits.

meanspeed tempo map - David Sanborn - The Dream -time-distance graph
meanspeed tempo map – David Sanborn – The Dream -time-distance graph
meanspeed tempo map - David Sanborn - The Dream - time chart
meanspeed tempo map – David Sanborn – The Dream – time chart

As the provider of the YouTube clip notes: “No one else could give a jazz song the type of character that David Sanborn can.”

meanspeed tempo map - David Sanborn - The Dream 3
meanspeed tempo map – David Sanborn – The Dream 3

Neumann-McLaren Tempo Summary

song title=THE DREAM

performer=David Sanborn

average expected tempo/mean speed=89.7 beats per minute

meanspeed tempo map - David Sanborn - The Dream - 89.7 bpm
meanspeed tempo map – David Sanborn – The Dream – 89.7 bpm

average beat=669 milliseconds

hardware=iPhone® by Apple®

file type=m4p

Bit rate=256 kbps

Sample Rate=44.100 kHz

most interesting element of song=David’s playing so naturally that it literally sounds like he is talking or singing in his alto sax.

/Ian Andrew Schneider/

meanspeed® music company

August 22, 2009

Author: Schneider

Recovering from 5 brain operations, savage subarachnoid aneurysm. Member of New York bar, May 1991-peresent. "Nothing can stop the man with right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude" - THOMAS JEFFERSON