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Angelica Sanchez: Float The Edge

Read "Float The Edge" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Here, New York City-based pianist Angelica Sanchez employs the herculean rhythm section of Michael Formanek (bass) and Tyshawn Sorey (drums) and is the follow-up to her duet outing with renowned trumpeter, composer Wadada Leo Smith, Twine Forest (Clean Feed, 2014). Sanchez can be quite cerebral and is irrefutably focused while also showing a penchant for injecting harmonious motifs into her body of work. For the most part, she seldom takes the band into extended free-form jaunts while also ...

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Angelica Sanchez: Float The Edge

Read "Float The Edge" reviewed by John Sharpe

Pianist Angelica Sanchez has become an in demand side person since her move to NYC from Arizona in 1995, performing with Wadada Leo Smith, Tony Malaby, Kevin Norton, Harris Eisenstadt, and Susie Ibarra, among many others. But her own leadership discography remains slighter than might be expected. Surprisingly Float The Edge represents her first entry as part of a traditional piano trio. As if to make amends, Sanchez has recruited strong players in bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, ...

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Angelica Sanchez Quintet: Wires & Moss

Read "Wires & Moss" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Perceptive composer and cunning improviser, educator/keyboardist Angelica Sanchez has risen to the A-list of modern stylists and innovators. As history dictates, she largely summons the crème-de-la-crème of like-minded artists for her solo endeavors. Indeed, Sanchez's burgeoning discography for Clean-Feed records bears witness to her resourceful persona. On Wires & Moss, she traverses a route initiated upon evocative moods and jarring tone poems. “Soaring Piasa" is an 11-minute opus designed with guitarist Marc Ducret's angular and creaky extended notes ...

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Angelica Sanchez: A Little House

Read "A Little House" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

More than any other instrument, the solo piano seems to reveal a deeper glimpse into the musician's insight. This has proven true in recent works like Geri Allen's Flying Toward the Sound (Motema, 2010), Craig Taborn's Avenging Angels (ECM, 2011), and here, with Angelica Sanchez's equally absorbing A Little House . Sanchez's voice has gained notoriety in working with a coterie of like-minded individuals--saxophonist Tony Malaby (also her husband), drummer Paul Motian, and Wadada Leo Smith's Organic ...

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Angelica Sanchez: Life Between

Read "Life Between" reviewed by Robert Iannapollo

Pianist Angelica Sanchez has been forging her own path on New York City's music scene since 1995. Although she only has one release under her own name--the excellent Mirror Me (OmniTone, 2003)--she's added substance to the ensembles of saxophonist Tony Malaby, drummers Kevin Norton and Susie Ibarra, among others. She also co-leads a trio with Malaby and drummer Tom Rainey. For Life Between she has expanded the lineup of the quartet on her first disc to a quintet, with the ...

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Angelica Sanchez: Life Between

Read "Life Between" reviewed by Troy Collins

Since their relocation from Arizona in 1995, pianist Angelica Sanchez and her husband, saxophonist Tony Malaby, have made their mark on the fertile New York scene. Malaby has become omnipresent, appearing on over 50 albums in the last decade, while Sanchez has maintained a lower profile, playing often but recording sporadically, usually in a collective trio with Malaby and drummer Tom Rainey, last documented on Alive in Brooklyn, Vol. 2 (Sarama, 2005). Life Between features Sanchez leading ...

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Angelica Sanchez: Life Between

Read "Life Between" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Jazz listeners generally choose between the orderliness of a jazz ensemble with a piano, or the freedom that playing sans the chordal instrument allows a group. For pianist Angelica Sanchez, her presence muddles that distinction. On Life Between she preserves the order--not by chords, but by her compositions, arrangements and, maybe, presence.

After releasing two self-produced recordings with drummer Tom Rainey and her husband, the great tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, she debuted to great acclaim on Mirror Me ...


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