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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 factor on New Life.
Nascent pianist John Escreet assists with the groove-building episodes during the piece based on the monstrous Greek mythological figure "Medusa," as the saxophonists spark a heated frenzy via circular unison choruses. Sanchez injects a Latin touch in concert with bristling bop phrasings from the front line and other segments, featuring slippery drum and bass grooves.
It's a festive and robust endeavor tweaked with portentous undertones, as the drummer darts and dances across the kit while the saxophonists tear it up. The band projects a mighty presence, with Binney and McCaslin reformulating the primary melody, counterbalanced with a throng of highs, lows and rapid-fire breakouts.
Personnel: Antonio Sanchez: drums, vocals, additional keyboards; Dave Binney: alto saxophone; Donny McCaslin: tenor saxophone; John Escreet: piano, Fender Rhodes; Matt Brewer: acoustic and electric bass.
The best show I ever attended was going with my father to see Dizzy Gillespie play at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. Dizzy was a man full of charisma and play. He managed to get four different sections of the audience to sing four different vocal parts in one song
The best show I ever attended was going with my father to see Dizzy Gillespie play at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. Dizzy was a man full of charisma and play. He managed to get four different sections of the audience to sing four different vocal parts in one song. He captured everyone's attention and got us all up on our feet dancing alongside him to this incredible music we call jazz.