by David Sanchez


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For this effort, David Sanchez (who doubles on tenor and soprano) sought to combine the music of two countries that have usually stayed quite separate: Cuba and Brazil. Sanchez performs one song from Cuba, two from Brazil, four from his native Puerto Rico, and one ("Cuban Fantasy") from the U.S. The results, which utilize a medium-size band augmented by woodwinds and a few strings, have heated Cuban rhythms intermingling with Brazilian-type melodies and American jazz solos. Most of the spotlight is on the leader, whose tenor solos on "Los Arestes de la Luna" and "Soñando con Puerto Rico" sound heavily influenced by Dexter Gordon, although his work on the other numbers is more original. Several of the melodies are quite catchy, and the rhythms are both exuberant and soothing; overall, this is a well-paced set that stays in one's memory long after the CD has ended.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/1998
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646911624
catalogNumber: 69116

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Sanchez   Primary Artist,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Agogo
George Young   Flute
John Clark   French Horn
John Benítez   Bass
Andres Boiarsky   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Adam Cruz   Drums
Guillermo Figueroa   Violin
Christopher Finckel   Cello
Richie Flores   Conga,Timbales,Pandeiro,cowbell,Barillas
Dale Kleps   Flute,Alto Flute
Roger Rosenberg   Bassoon,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Pernell Saturnino   Shakuhachi,Chimes,Conga,Timbales,Triangle,Whistle (Instrument),Bells,Pandeiro,Repique,Surdo,Shaker,Shekere
Toby Appel   Viola
Hector "Tito" Matos   Conga,Timbales,Pandeiro,cowbell,Barillas
Tom Christensen   Clarinet,Oboe
Juan Gutiérrez   Conga,Timbales,Pandeiro,cowbell,Guiro,Barillas
Edsel Gomez   Piano
Valerie Turner   Violin

Technical Credits

Carlos Franzetti   Arranger
Branford Marsalis   Producer
David Sanchez   Producer
Lisa Hamilton   Art Direction
Denise Rodriguez   translation

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