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Bobby Sanabria: Big Band Urban Folktales

Read "Big Band Urban Folktales" reviewed by Martin Longley

Born in the Bronx and hailing from a Puerto Rican background, percussionist Bobby Sanabria has mastered every conceivable form of AfroLatin music, from New York salsa to Cuban son and even down to Brazilian samba. This album comes across as a demonstration record for everything that he and his thrilling big band can accomplish.

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Bobby Sanabria: Big Band Urban Folktales

Read "Big Band Urban Folktales" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

In the wake of the disappearance of many of the Afro-Cubanjazz big bands of the late twentieth century like Dizzy Gillespie, Mongo Santamaria, Chico O'Farrill, Tito Puente and Mario Bauza, drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria heads up a twenty-piece band that fills that gap quite nicely.

A native New Yorker, Sanabria graduated from the Berklee College ...

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Bobby Sanabria: Big Band Urban Folktales

Read "Big Band Urban Folktales" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Bobby Sanabria's concept of jazz is freedom. There is no arguing that point of view given the evidence he presents on this recording.

Sanabria finds this freedom in many avenues. It comes from his students and it filters through the musicians with whom he has forged relationships over the years. It springs from the bands he ...

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Bobby Sanabria: Big Band Urban Folktales

Read "Big Band Urban Folktales" reviewed by Chip Boaz

At some point in their artistic development, every Latin Jazz musician studies the genre's forefathers, including Dizzy Gillespie, Machito (Francisco Raúl Gutiérrez Grillo) and Tito Puente. After the study ends, the musician must decide to approach tradition as a museum curator or an active experimenter. The museum curator creates replications of “classic material, closely imitating the ...