This project, the companion CD to a documentary, comes from New Orleans-born trumpeter Christian Scott, Puerto Rican saxophonist David Sánchez, and New York vibraphonist Stefon Harris. It's the latest in a long line of artistic efforts to bridge that divide and emphasize the musical, cultural and historical kinships between the two nations.1. Ñengueleru 2. E'cha 3. City Sunrise 4. The Forgotten Ones 5. Black Action Figure 6. Congo 7. And This Too Shall Pass 8. Brown Belle Blues 9. La Fiesta Va
Released in 2008 to astonishing acclaim, Cultural Survival (his 8th overall CD) is a highly innovative trend-setting piece de resistance that finds him taking a new direction in his music as he continues to fuse his fierce straight-ahead jazz sound with African, Puerto Rican and other Caribbean influences, while he continues heading a dynamic band.1. Coast To Coast 2. Manto Azul 3. Adoración 4. Monk's Mood 5. Ay Bendito 6. Cultural Survival 7. The Forgotten Ones 8. La Leyenda del Cañaveral
Puerto Rican tenor saxophonist David Sanchez has been exploring the connections between jazz and Latin music ever since he burst on the scene in the early '90s, when New York gigs with Eddie Palmieri led to a spot in Dizzy Gillespie's band.
He takes a giant step forward on his seventh CD, performing the French impressionist-influenced works of Brazilian and Argentine composers; he is supported by his sextet, featuring alto Miguel Zenón, as well as arranger/conductor Carlos Franzetti and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Sanchez's lyrical tenor breathes new life into Antonio Carlos Jobim's atmospheric "Matita Perê," Heitor Villa-Lobos's moody and majestic title track, and the Pampa pulsations of Alberto Ginastera's "Vidala" and "Panambi." Augmented by original works by Franzetti and Sanchez, this project is reminiscent of Stan Getz's Focus and Joe Lovano's Rush Hour. It beautifully highlights Latin America's classical European heritage--and its African heartbeat.
--Eugene Holley, Jr.
After achieving time-honoured success with the historical Melaza, David Sanchez delighted the jazz scene with this invigorating classic which finds him showcasing his tenor or soprano saxophones with absolute conviction. Travesía is another blockbuster hit showcased with utmost vibrato and equal success that resounds with rhythmic excitement, majestic solos and advanced compositional technique that made it such an uplifting classic.1. Prince of Darkness 2. La Máquina (Viajando En El Tren) 3. Paz Pá Vieques (Seis Chorreao)/Peace For Vieques 4. Ill Wind 5. Joyful 6. River Tales 7. No Quiero Piedras En Mi Camino 8. Karla's Changes 9. Pra Dizer Adeus 10. The Power of the Word
Performed with striking vitality and caliber rocking fun, Street Scenes is a highly supercharged and daring masterwork that embellishes with first rate excellence, explosive solos, velocity-driven pace, an electrifying combination of hard bop and Latin Soul, swinging vitality and a razzle dazzle background.1. Puerto San Juan 2. Canto A Loiza 3. El Ogro 4. Cancion Del Canaveral (Song Of The Sugar Cane Field) 5. Orbitando 6. Against Our Will 7. Centinela 8. Ueja Esta Cancao
Released in 1998 to critical acclaim, Obsesión is another striking tour de force that is performed to the hilt with enthralling originality, near-perfect vigor, high-swinging aura, pulsating percussion beats, world class musicianship and vivid fast paced energy.1. Los Aretes De La Luna 2. Omorro Nao Tem Vez 3. Lamento Borincano 4. Soñando Con Puerto Rico 5. Obsesión 6. Cuban Fantasy 7. Essa Mulher 8. Capullito De Alheli
Performed with striking vitality and caliber rocking fun, Street Scenes is a highly supercharged and daring masterwork that embellishes with first rate excellence, explosive solos, velocity-driven pace, an electrifying combination of hard bop and Latin Soul, swinging vitality and a razzle dazzle background.1. Caras Negras 2. Street Scenes 3. Urban Frequency 4. Dee Like The Breeze 5. Los Cronopios 6. Four In One 7. Carmina 8. The Sould Of El Barrio 9. Street Scenes "Downtown" 10. The Elements
Sketches of Dreams is a challenging and highly versatile masterwork that showcases a caliber virtuoso performance filled with a solid tapestry that's gracefully done with sophisticated style.1. Africa Y Las Americas 2. Bomba Blues 3. Falling In Love With Love 4. The Extension 5. Tu Y Mi Canción 6. Mal Social 7. Sketches Of Dreams 8. It's Easy To Remember 9. Little Melonae
Sanchez showcases his instrument with a distinctive tone and an ability to mix post bop with Latin jazz, The Departure is a masterful starting point that paved the way for his long music career.1. Ebony 2. Woodyn' You 3. Interlude #1 4. You Got It Diz 5. Santander 6. I'll Be Around 7. The Departure 8. Nina's Mood 9. Cara De Payaso 10. Interlude #2 11. CJ 12. Postlude