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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Various Venues Montréal, Canada June 27 -July 1, 2019 Forty years. Not a lifetime, perhaps, but a remarkably long time for any festival to not only continue to exist but, despite increasing challenges, to thrive. An even greater achievement when it's the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which has grown from its humble beginnings In 1980 into the largest festival of its kind in the world. A festival ...

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Antonio Sanchez: Bad Hombre

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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

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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

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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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