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Firehouse 12 to Present the Angelica Sanchez Quintet December 14th

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On Friday, December 14th, New Haven's Firehouse 12 will conclude its 2007 Fall Jazz Series with a two-set performance by the Angelica Sanchez Quintet. Built around the core collaboration between New York-based pianist/composer Angelica Sanchez and French guitarist Marc Ducret, this project is supported by a Chamber Music America French/American Jazz Exchange Grant. The group, which also features saxophonist Tony Malaby, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Tom Rainey, will stop in New Haven as part of a week-long tour of the Northeast, during which it will previewing music from its forthcoming CD due in the spring on Clean Feed Records.

“An absorbing piano stylist," wrote AllAboutJazz.com's Troy Collins in a 2006 live review, “Sanchez generally avoids compulsory free jazz clamor, opting for a more varied and subtle approach. Her folksy, even romantic lyricism has an adventurously wayward side, hinting at the sort of harmonic freedom espoused by Paul Bley, Keith Jarrett and even Herbie Hancock's more outre experiments. Her vivid writing embodies this duality in equal measure." The New York Times' Nate Chinen adds, “In her piano playing as well as her compositions Angelica Sanchez seeks out the lyrical heartbeat within any avant-garde storm."

Since moving to New York from her native Arizona in 1995, Sanchez has worked in a variety of groups with Malaby, her husband of nearly 10 years, and collaborated with a long list of notable musicians that includes Tim Berne, Mark Dresser, Ben Monder and Mario Pavone. In a JazzTimes feature published shortly after the release of her first record as a leader, 2003's Mirror Me (OmniTone), Bill Milkowski wrote, “Sanchez's provocative, fully realized debut--full of Cecil Taylor-esque pyrotechnics and showcasing a flair for counterpoint, evocative harmonies and open-ended forms--marks her as a formidable talent." In addition to leading her own ensembles, she co-leads the longstanding Malaby/Sanchez/Rainey Trio, which has since released two live discs, and currently performs in the Susie Ibarra Trio and Kevin Norton's Bauhaus Quintet among other groups.

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