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Antonio Sanchez: Bad Hombre

Read "Bad Hombre" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Antonio Sanchez's drum score for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) served as a game-changer in the film industry, completely upending notions of what a soundtrack can and can't be. But more importantly, it altered our collective viewpoint on what the art of solo drumming is capable of expressing. Pulling sound from nothing more than skins and cymbals, Sanchez managed to produce and reflect serious emotional content. So is it any surprise that the next phase of his evolutionary ...

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Antonio Sanchez Group at Jazz Standard

Read "Antonio Sanchez Group at Jazz Standard" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Antonio Sanchez Group Jazz Standard New York, NY September 15, 2017 There certainly are musicians out there who lean heavily on chops in order to mask deficiencies in other areas, but nobody could ever get away with painting Antonio Sanchez as one of them. The man may have serious technique, but he has no Achilles' heel, or at least not one we've seen, and his skills all rest in balance to one another. His standing ...

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Antonio Sanchez: Three Times Three & The Meridian Suite

Read "Antonio Sanchez: Three Times Three & The Meridian Suite" reviewed by Doug Collette

With his two simultaneously released albums, Three Times Three and The Meridian Suite, Antonio Sanchez posits himself as the next great drummer who's a great bandleader. Alternately emphasizing his composing skills and his musicianship, as he did on his acclaimed score to the film Birdman, this native of Mexico City never overtly draws attention to himself, preferring to nurture the interaction of those around him, thereby making himself nothing less than conspicuous by his relative absence. In doing so, he ...

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Antonio Sanchez: New Life

Read "New Life" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Ever felt as if modern jazz lost its way somewhere along the line? Too many artists constructing beautifully played, superbly recorded music that fails to connect at any emotional level whatsoever--it gets played a couple of times before being filed away in the collection never to emerge again. Well, the signs are more positive for this new CD by Antonio Sanchez which marks a huge leap forward from the the enjoyable Live in New York at the Jazz Standard from ...

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Antonio Sanchez: New Life

Read "New Life" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

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 ...

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Antonio Sanchez: New Life

Read "New Life" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You may have attended a concert by vibraphonist Gary Burton or guitarist Pat Metheny and, like many others found yourself unable to keep from focusing your attention on the drummer, Antonio Sanchez. His presence, exudes a sort of rhythmic magnetism that has backed players such as Chick Corea, Miguel Zenon, and Metheny for the past 13 years.When he releases a disc as leader playing his original compositions, his full arsenal is on display. New Life follows the double-disc ...

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Antonio Sanchez: New Life

Read "Antonio Sanchez: New Life" reviewed by John Kelman

On the back of drummer Antonio Sanchez's New Life, there's a quote from guitarist Pat Metheny, who says, “This record feels like a leap forward for Antonio." He should know; Sanchez has been the guitarist's drummer of choice for literally every project requiring one since he recruited him for Pat Metheny Group and Speaking of Now (Warner Bros.) in 2002. While Metheny has placed Sanchez in a number of contexts--ranging from the trio with bassist Christian McBride and two albums ...

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Antonio Sanchez: Doing It All

Read "Antonio Sanchez: Doing It All" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Antonio Sanchez has been guitarist Pat Metheny's first-choice drummer for the past decade. The tremendous finesse, propulsion and extensive vocabulary that Sanchez possesses have illuminated not only Metheny's recordings, but those of heavyweights such as vibraphonist Gary Burton, saxophonist Michael Brecker, and pianists Chick Corea and Danilo Perez. In recent years, Sanchez has been much in demand, and his collaborations many. Sanchez's debut as a leader, the hard-blowing Migration (Cam Jazz, 2007) marked a new chapter in ...

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Antonio Sanchez: Live in New York at Jazz Standard

Read "Live in New York at Jazz Standard" reviewed by John Kelman

With a schedule as busy as Antonio Sanchez's, it's hard to image where the tremendously in-demand drummer finds the time to write, much less put together a group to record. Amidst a relentless touring schedule with artists including Pat Metheny, Gary Burton and Chick Corea, Sanchez released Migration (Cam Jazz, 2007), a heavyweight session featuring his twin-tenor/bass/drums quartet. An egalitarian leader, it also served notice of Sanchez's emergent writing skill, motivating a group whose primary purpose was to blow, and ...

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Antonio Sanchez: Migration

Read "Migration" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Few young musicians have enough juice to attract both pianist Chick Corea and guitarist Pat Metheny to their debut release. Drummer Antonio Sanchez shows how with extraordinary artistry combined with exceptional technique on Migration. Saxophonists Chris Potter and David Sanchez can unquestionably blow bop and, along with bassist Scott Colley, they supply the necessary musicianship and creativity that nails this session. Sanchez has been Metheny's drummer of choice for several years and Colley is likewise not new to this rarefied ...

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Antonio Sanchez: Migration

Read "Migration" reviewed by Doug Collette

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 ...