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Antonio Sanchez: Migration

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Sorprende l’inizio. Un lungo brano di Chick Corea nel quale il pianista di Chelsea suona come da tempo non si era abituati a sentire, rimandandoci per intensità emotiva, arditezza e fluidità di fraseggio, ad un capolavoro come “Now He Sings, Now He Sobs“.

Sorprende la combinazione di due tra i più formidabili tenoristi oggi in circolazione come Chris Potter e David Sanchez. Niente sterili virtuosismi o pirotecnici esibizionismi ma un’attenzione alle geometrie, agli intrecci reciproci, alla bellezza del suono senza perdere un’oncia del sacro fuoco dell’improvvisazione, che rimanda agli storici duetti tra Wayne Marsh e Lee Konitz.

Sorprende la maturità da leader di Antonio Sanchez nel dirigere una formazione di tutte stelle verso territori assai poco scontati e lontani da una session di lusso. Così come sorprende la sua abilità di organizzatore sonoro, di acuto compositore e di sensibilissimo batterista a proprio agio nella scomposizione ritmica come nella fase propulsiva, mai invadente.

Sorprende, ma non troppo, non il “solito”, ineccepibile, un po’ patinato Metheny di “Arena (Sand)“ quanto quello profondamente ispirato, liberamente jazzistico di “Solar“, duetto con la batteria di Antonio Sanchez, che chiude come meglio non si poteva un album d’esordio di grande spessore.


Track Listing: One for Antonio; Did You Get It?; Arena (Sand); Challenge Within; Ballade; Greedy Silence; Inner Urge; Solar.

Personnel: Antonio Sanchez: drums; Chris Potter: tenor and soprano saxophones; David Sanchez: tenor saxophone; Scott Colley: bass; Pat Metheny: guitar (3, 8); Chick Corea: piano (1).

Title: Migration | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: CAM Jazz

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