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Coral
     

Coral

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by David Sanchez
 
On his most ambitious -- and successful -- album to date, tenor saxophonist David Sanchez brings his extravagant musicianship and sensuous instrumental approach to overlooked classical work from Latin American composers. Surrounded by lush and lively orchestral arrangements by Carlos Franzetti, Sanchez interprets gorgeous music from Alberto Ginastera, Heitor

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On his most ambitious -- and successful -- album to date, tenor saxophonist David Sanchez brings his extravagant musicianship and sensuous instrumental approach to overlooked classical work from Latin American composers. Surrounded by lush and lively orchestral arrangements by Carlos Franzetti, Sanchez interprets gorgeous music from Alberto Ginastera, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. The leader also brings in three arresting original tunes that up the jazz ante further. Clearly inspired by the music, Sanchez’s own playing takes on both a power and lyricism that had only been hinted at in his earlier work. (His sextet featuring pianist Edsel Gomez and alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón are also in exceptional form.) With this smart and captivating project, Sanchez calls attention to stunning compositions worthy of higher recognition, as well as his own fully matured saxophone conception and savvy as a bandleader. Clearly, Sanchez has stepped up to the plate as a major force in today’s inclusive jazz environment.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Coral is an entirely new development in David Sánchez's compositional evolution. The tenor saxophonist explores Latin classical masterworks on this exquisite recording released by Sony Music/Columbia. His seventh CD for the label, and his first with a symphony orchestra, is a nine-track offering that re-interprets such composers as Brazilian masters Antonio Carlos Jobim and Heitor Villa-Lobos, as well as Argentina's foremost representative of musical nationalism Alberto Ginastera. In addition to Sánchez's highly innovative core sextet bringing its versatile jazz improvisations to these songs, the performance is further buoyed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra's accompaniment. The orchestra heightens your listening pleasures with dramatic crescendos, rhapsodic concepts, and elegant melodies on such beautiful songs as "Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar" and the graceful "Coral," while Sánchez and company take full charge of their jazz expressions on "The Elements II." Coupled with Miguel Zenón on alto saxophone, this song takes flight at the intro and segues into a burning solo by David Sánchez. They are definitely in-the-pocket and with each note Sánchez plays, he summons a deeper, more intense jazz spirit that helps create a unique and powerful illustration of both his and the composer's technical and stylistic prowess. By contrast, his mood on the sacred "Vexilla Regis" is emotionally powerful and serene. Alberto Ginastera's 1934 orchestral suite from his ballet "Panambí" (an early work from his Objective Nationalism style) is performed here with similar rhythmic contrasts and has a deep, meditative feeling that flows back and forth in a fluid motion. Overall, David Sánchez and the music have now proven themselves elsewhere and with this brilliant, substantial musical experience, Sánchez is poised to take his place among the great jazz musicians that continue to offer important personal and musical insights to their audiences. Coral is a necessity for any jazz or classical record collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969031360
catalogNumber:
90313

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Performance Credits

David Sanchez   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Carlos Franzetti   Conductor
John Benítez   Bass
Adam Cruz   Drums
Ben Street   Bass
Pernell Saturnino   Percussion
Edsel Gomez   Piano
Miguel Zenón   Alto Saxophone
Prague Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Heitor Villa-Lobos   Composer
Carlos Franzetti   Arranger,Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
David Sanchez   Composer
Todd Whitelock   Engineer
David Bett   Art Direction
Stanislava Vomackova   translation
Steven Epstein   Producer

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Coral 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is David's best work yet, and it's a must have for every contemporary / latin jazz fan. This is definitely Grammy material. I recommend it without reserves.