It comes as no surprise that David Sanchez, who was born in Puerto Rico and started playing tenor at age 12, would want to fill Obsesion with compositions from his homeland, Brazil and Cuba. These are the sounds he grew up with. The only tune by a non-Latin American is Cuban Fantasy, written by American pianist Ray Bryant. Apart from David's big tone on tenor (reminiscent of Stanley Turrentine, among others) the CD is dominated by the sounds of all manner of Latin percussion. Drummer Adan Cruz works hand in hand with Pernell Saturnino (congas, shakers and whistles), Richie Flores (timbales) and Hector Matos (barriles). David's lovely, swaying ballads (augmented by a small, subtle string section) contrast nicely with his hot and spicy Latin romps. A fine effort by a gifted young player. 4-5 stars.
World music pioneer Adam Rudolph and his groundbreaking Go: Organic Orchestra join forces with Brooklyn Raga Massive to create the monumental new album, Ragmala – A Garland of Ragas (Meta Records). Ragmala bridges generations, cultures and traditions in a deep-rooted, forward-looking sound born of 21st-century innovation and hybrid voices. Epic in scale and ambition, the project features 40 world-class musicians including Gnawa master musician Hassan Hakmoun, legendary drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake, forward-thinking cornetist Graham Haynes, and tradition-blurring flutist...
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