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David Sanchez: Carib

Read "Carib" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Puerto Rican Saxophonist David Sanchez belongs to the most prolific jazz musicians of the past twenty to thirty years. Not that the quality of his output suffers from the frequency of publications. Beyond his own highly praised recordings, he is recognized for his contributions to groups led by the likes of Kenny Barron, Pat Metheny and late Roy Hargrove, to name only a few. Grammy nominated for a variety of different projects and having won the Latin Grammy in the ...

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David Sanchez: Ninety-Mile Bridge

Read "David Sanchez: Ninety-Mile Bridge" reviewed by Ian Patterson

What, besides music, transcends geopolitical divides so gracefully? What else unites people of different nationalities, political persuasions and religious creeds in common celebration just quite as harmoniously? Religions may have captured the hearts and minds of the majority of the planet's people, but remain bastions of ultra-conservatism and mistrust, despite all the rhetoric to the contrary. Sport too, may mobilize greater numbers of people than music, but all too often descends into ugly tribalism. The hippy generation may have got ...

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David Sanchez: Cultural Survival

Read "Cultural Survival" reviewed by Brandt Reiter

Never one to play it safe, the adventurous Puerto Rican saxophonist David Sánchez has switched record labels, leaving Sony Music after a fruitful 11-year stint that culminated in a Latin Grammy for Coral, his 2004 CD of Latin classics with strings. He’s also revamped his band--out is longtime alto sax associate Miguel Zenón (who’s since emerged as a terrific leader in his own right); replacing him in the ensemble’s frontline is the young Norwegian guitarist Lage Lund, winner of the ...

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David Sanchez: Cultural Survival

Read "Cultural Survival" reviewed by Chris May

It's been almost four years since saxophonist David Sanchez released Coral (Columbia, 2004), the disc which marked the end of an eleven year relationship with Sony Music--and it's wonderful to have his big, singing, prolix tenor back, on song and kicking.

Sanchez has not been idle since Coral, touring extensively with his own band, on a world tour with singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, and on a US tour with guitarist Pat Metheny. He also gave a few headline ...

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David Sanchez: Coral

Read "Coral" reviewed by Andrew Durkin

David Sanchez's Coral is the latest in what has turned out to be a somewhat lonely genre: the orchestral jazz album, in which a soloist is placed against a backdrop of strings (think Sketches of Spain , Focus , or Charlie Parker with Strings ). It's an airy, lush, thoughtful work, with a program that is a fascinating mix of South American composers influenced by French Impressionists, performed by a Puerto Rican saxophonist with a Czech orchestra in tow (whew!). ...

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David Sanchez: A Candid Look at Music and Business Part 2-2

Read "David Sanchez: A Candid Look at Music and Business  Part 2-2" reviewed by Matt Merewitz

Part 1 | Part 2

It's hard to gauge what the jazz community knows about saxophonist David Sanchez. If you have BET Jazz, you may have seen him on those corny interludes - “How did you discover your sense of jazz?" Albeit, a lot of people I've talked to, know very little about Sanchez. “Go look at the records - then you'll see I've been around for quite a while," says Sanchez in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel in ...

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David Sanchez: A Candid Look at Music and Business, Part 1 of 2

Read "David Sanchez: A Candid Look at Music and Business, Part 1 of 2" reviewed by Matt Merewitz

Part 1 | Part 2

It's hard to gauge what the jazz community knows about saxophonist David Sanchez. If you have BET Jazz, you may have seen him on those corny interludes - “How did you discover your sense of jazz?" Albeit, a lot of people I've talked to, know very little about Sanchez. “Go look at the records - then you'll see I've been around for quite a while," says Sanchez in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel in ...

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David Sanchez: Coral

Read "Coral" reviewed by Joel Roberts

If he's not already there, David Sanchez's new album should secure the Puerto Rican-born tenor saxophonist's place among the very top younger jazz artists working today. Blending bebop, Latin and classical elements, Coral is the most ambitious, mature, genre-stretching musical statement of the 35-year-old's already noteworthy career. Recorded in the Czech Republic with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra alongside Sanchez's own inventive sextet, Coral dramatically reinterprets the work of contemporary Latin American composers both familiar (Jobim, Villa ...

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David Sanchez: Coral

Read "Coral" reviewed by AAJ Staff

With Coral , explosive tenor saxophonist David Sanchez records with a symphony orchestra, playing Carlos Franzetti arrangements of “Latin classical" pieces by composers as diverse as Villa-Lobos and Jobim. Alongside the plush strings, Sanchez has banked his fires a bit, but he does take some typically vigorous workouts here.

Sanchez continues to develop and refine a personal sound and style. He's always played exciting music, but his sound has gotten lighter, more transparent, and he's become more lyrical. ...

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David S

Read "David S" reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli

David Sánchez Coral Columbia Records 2004

I once loaned my cherished copy of Clifford Brown with Strings to a German friend who had loaned me Dexter Gordon's Ballads in return. When it came time to reclaim our respective CDs, I asked her what she thought of the Brownie disc. “Very pretty," she said, “but a bit kitsch."

This duality has plagued the whole ...with Strings franchise (Cannonball, Charlie Parker, Ben Webster, and so on) ...

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David Sanchez and His Universe

Read "David Sanchez and His Universe" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

David Sanchez, the percussive saxophonist, hails from Puerto Rico, and brings with him the Latin rhythms one might associate with that background. But he steams ahead in the mainstream as well, having had his life altered when his sister came home with a Miles Davis album featuring John Coltrane. He's also studied with the likes of Kenny Barron and Larry Ridley and served apprenticeships with Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, Charlie Haden and McCoy Tyner. And he acknowledges a huge debt ...

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David Sanchez: Obsession

Read "Obsession" reviewed by John Sharpe

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 ...