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BIOGRAPHY - DAVID SANCHEZ

 

Ask a roomful of jazz fans about Grammy Award-winning saxophonist David Sánchez and the ensuing buzz will be filled with exultant praise for one of the finest saxophonists of his generation. Such comments are entirely valid, to a point. Born in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, Sánchez is unquestionably one of the finest, most progressive players on the contemporary scene, as more than a decade’s worth of bold, brilliant work has already proven. But, is Sánchez a master of Latin Jazz or an exemplary player who also happens to be of Latin heritage? The distinction may seem subtle, but is actually profound. As noted critic Bob Blumenthal observed, “[Sánchez] has been nurturing his own distinct variety in recent years, one that draws heavily on…Miles Davis and John Coltrane and weaves rhythms in fluid strands.

Born in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, David is unquestionably one of the finest, most progressive jazz saxophonist on the contemporary scene. “Technically, tonally and creatively, he seems to have it all. His sound is never less than a plush, his pitch is unerring, his rapid fire-playing is ravishing in its combination of speed, accuracy and utter evenness of tone” wrote world-renown jazz critic Howard Reich. David Sánchez has been nominated for 4 Grammy Awards, and his album, Coral, won the Latin Grammy for Best Instrumental Album in 2005. With the recent release of his 8th album, Cultural Survival, Sánchez continues to fuse his fierce, straight ahead jazz sound with African, Afro-Cuban and Caribbean influences. Cultural Survival is newest album from critically acclaimed and Grammy award winning saxophonist David Sánchez. With this, his 8th overall album and Concord Picante debut, Sánchez continues to fuse his fierce, straight ahead jazz sound with African, Afro-Cuban and Caribbean influences. The 8-song album also features a new direction for Sánchez as he debuts a piano-less quartet on all but three of the eight songs and the inclusion of guitar. For the choice of guitarist David recruited Lage Lund, the winner of the Thelonious Monk Guitar Competition
in 2005. On “The Forgotten Ones,” Sánchez was inspired to pay tribute to all those in turmoil and hardship from so many places around the world, from New Orleans to Haiti. While the deep, moody and urgent track, “Adoración” is “a little tribute to a person who is very important in my musical development and who I always have to acknowledge — Eddie Palmieri,” said Sánchez.

The mammoth piece “La Leyenda del Cañaveral” is set to a poem written by David’s sister, Margarita. The poem refers to the travels of African people who worked on sugar cane plantations throughout Africa and the Caribbean, and Sanchez describes the song as ‘a journey’ set to the rich history and anecdotes of these people. In addition to the seven original compositions, Sánchez includes a cover of “Monk’s Mood,” simply because, as Sánchez puts it, “it has always been one of my favorite pieces.” David Sánchez has been nominated for 4 Grammy Awards, and his album, Coral, won the Latin Grammy for Best Instrumental Album in 2005.

Visit artist website at www.davidsanchezmusic.com.

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