Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
201

Antonio Sanchez: Migration

Doug Collette By

Sign in to view read count Views
Antonio Sanchez: Migration 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. In so doing, he leads by example in being sensitive to the subtlety of his interaction with his peers and theirs with each other.



As a result the interplay present on "Did You Get It?, where saxophonists David Sanchez and Chris Potter intertwine in steep ascension, is sharp and crisp. Still, the individual musicians make their own articulate statements. Bassist Scott Colley, for example, simultaneously sets and maintains the pace with his elegant yet unobtrusive playing on "Greedy Silence.



The star appearances and contributions of original material on Migration are duly notable, of course, but perhaps no more than work of the core quartet. Chick Corea's "One for Antonio is a rollicking opener where author's piano dominates and thereby sets a generally upbeat tone for the album. The quietude of Pat Metheny's "Arena (Sand) is testament to the guitarist's fundamental empathy as an instrumentalist and a composer: he plays and writes not just for himself, but to suit the personalities of the recipients, contributing to the dynamics of the session.

There's some serious musicianship present on this album in the form of formal arrangements, meticulous production and lively improvisation. Nevertheless, no aspect of Migration detracts from the palpable sense of lighthearted play when the musicians coalesce. The reappearance of Pat Metheny's guitar on the concluding cut, Miles Davis' "Solar, functions as a pithy recap of the virtues present within its sixty-six minutes.

It is a fresh vibrant performance that adds to the legacy of the genre and makes a statement on the part of all the musicians involved, but especially that of Antonio Sanchez.


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).

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: CAM Jazz | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop For Jazz

Multiple Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Extended Analysis
Catching Up With
Read more articles
Three Times Three
Three Times Three
CAM Jazz
2015
buy
The Meridian Suite
The Meridian Suite
CAM Jazz
2015
buy
New Life
New Life
CAM Jazz
2013
buy
Live in New York at Jazz Standard
Live in New York at...
CAM Jazz
2010
buy
Migration
Migration
CAM Jazz
2007
buy
Pat Metheny Pat Metheny
guitar
Michael Brecker Michael Brecker
sax, tenor
Brad Mehldau Brad Mehldau
piano
Chris Potter Chris Potter
reeds
Charlie Haden Charlie Haden
bass, acoustic
Vijay Iyer Vijay Iyer
piano
Dusko Goykovich Dusko Goykovich
trumpet

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.