Ever felt as if modern jazz lost its way somewhere along the line? Too many artists constructing beautifully played, superbly recorded music that fails to connect at any emotional level whatsoever--it gets played a couple of times before being filed away in the collection never to emerge again. Well, the signs are more positive for this new CD by Antonio Sanchez which marks a huge leap forward from the the enjoyable Live in New York at the Jazz Standard from 2010. Sanchez takes his cues from the spiritual jazz of the late 1960s and early 1970s--the opening tracks ...read more
Add Antonio Sanchez's name to the list of modern era drumming titans. He cut his teeth with guitarist Pat Metheny amid stints with vibraphonist Gary Burton and first-call session activities, paralleling his burgeoning solo career that continues to flourish. Sanchez always performs with his peers, and with the superstar dual sax attack of David Binney and Donny McCaslin steering the front line, the drummer imparts diversity on this presentation that tenders alternating currents, dynamic modern jazz fare and a few sensitive moments. It's a multi-hued portraiture of an artist who continues to grow and branch out; diversification is a key ...read more
You may have attended a concert by vibraphonist Gary Burton or guitarist Pat Metheny and, like many others found yourself unable to keep from focusing your attention on the drummer, Antonio Sanchez. His presence, exudes a sort of rhythmic magnetism that has backed players such as Chick Corea, Miguel Zenon, and Metheny for the past 13 years.When he releases a disc as leader playing his original compositions, his full arsenal is on display. New Life follows the double-disc Live In New York (CAM Jazz, 2010) recorded at Jazz Standard in 2008. Sticking with a two-horn front, Sanchez employs ...read more
On the back of drummer Antonio Sanchez's New Life, there's a quote from guitarist Pat Metheny, who says, This record feels like a leap forward for Antonio." He should know; Sanchez has been the guitarist's drummer of choice for literally every project requiring one since he recruited him for Pat Metheny Group and Speaking of Now (Warner Bros.) in 2002. While Metheny has placed Sanchez in a number of contexts--ranging from the trio with bassist Christian McBride and two albums including Tokyo Day Trip (Nonesuch, 2008), a reunion with vibraphonist Gary Burton and bassist Steve Swallow, documented on Quartet Live ...read more
Antonio Sanchez has been guitarist Pat Metheny's first-choice drummer for the past decade. The tremendous finesse, propulsion and extensive vocabulary that Sanchez possesses have illuminated not only Metheny's recordings, but those of heavyweights such as vibraphonist Gary Burton, saxophonist Michael Brecker, and pianists Chick Corea and Danilo Perez. In recent years, Sanchez has been much in demand, and his collaborations many. Sanchez's debut as a leader, the hard-blowing Migration (Cam Jazz, 2007) marked a new chapter in his career, and a live recording, Live In New York at Jazz Standard (Cam Jazz, 2010) continued his upward trajectory ...read more
With a schedule as busy as Antonio Sanchez's, it's hard to image where the tremendously in-demand drummer finds the time to write, much less put together a group to record. Amidst a relentless touring schedule with artists including Pat Metheny, Gary Burton and Chick Corea, Sanchez released Migration (Cam Jazz, 2007), a heavyweight session featuring his twin-tenor/bass/drums quartet. An egalitarian leader, it also served notice of Sanchez's emergent writing skill, motivating a group whose primary purpose was to blow, and blow hard.It's no surprise, then, that Live in New York at Jazz Standard is even more exhilarating, as ...read more
It's rare that a group can reunite to create what it had decades ago while remaining completely fresh and relevant. When guitarist Pat Metheny regrouped the Gary Burton Quartet--his training ground, beginning in his late-teens, from 1974- 1977--as one of his By Invitation performances at the 2005 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, it was clear that this was something that couldn't be a one-shot deal. The quartet--featuring original members Steve Swallow (electric bass) and Burton (vibes) alongside drummer Antonio Sanchez (a newcomer to the group, but an ever-present partner with Metheny since the guitarist's Speaking of Now (Warner Bros., ...read more
Few young musicians have enough juice to attract both pianist Chick Corea and guitarist Pat Metheny to their debut release. Drummer Antonio Sanchez shows how with extraordinary artistry combined with exceptional technique on Migration. Saxophonists Chris Potter and David Sanchez can unquestionably blow bop and, along with bassist Scott Colley, they supply the necessary musicianship and creativity that nails this session. Sanchez has been Metheny's drummer of choice for several years and Colley is likewise not new to this rarefied air having extensive ties to guitarist Jim Hall. While both Corea and Metheny's contributions are Latin-tinged they ...read more
Antonio Sanchez' Migration overflows with a bracing jazz music that reinvigorates conventions and renews traditions. It bodes well for this extraordinary drummer's future as a bandleader and composer of note.
The freewheeling imagination with which a track such as Ballade teems is a direct reflection of Sanchez' own playing style. Yet he never dominates the proceedings merely to assert himself as the leader. Even when he is prominent, as when he so emphatically opens Joe Henderson's Inner Urge, he does not call attention to himself but, rather, sets the stage for the musicians he's playing with. ...read more
The desert has a story hidden in its eye. Many things take up its plot: the earth, the ever-changing sky, those that pass through it. Antonio Sanchez's debut, Migration, deftly evokes the life of the desert as an allegory for the journey within all of us.
Sanchez climbed to prominence in the Pat Metheny Group, whose eponymous leader adds his talents to his drummer's first work. This is not to imply that Sanchez hasn't made burnished musical relationships of his own. He belongs to a battery of new young voices, two of which contribute to this well-woven tale: Chris Potter ...read more
These days it seems that too many young artists are jumping into the fray as leaders too soon. They may have admirable technique, but they're often still searching for a voice, and would served to wait a little longer before taking that all-important leap. That's not the case with Antonio Sanchez. Since emerging in the late 1990s, the drummer has racked up a remarkable number of significant associations, recording and/or touring with artists including Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden and the late Michael Brecker. He's also become a part of the New York cadre of musicians that includes saxophonist ...read more
Music can range in its meanings and expression from the sacred song of the medicine man to the 2:00 AM syncopated notes in a smoky Village bar, but why do we do it? What use does it serve us? This is a first in a series of interviews with musicians about the nature of our relationship to music, particularly improvisational jazz.Antonio Sanchez could be a poster child for what happens when you mix equal measures of extraordinary talent, deep training, exceptional discipline and focus the temperature of new-tempered steel in one human being. With skills bordering on those ...read more
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