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David Sanchez


Saxophonist David Sanchez explores Latin classical masterworks

Columbia 517368 8

Plays on CD & SACD Players





  1. Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar
  2. Matita Pere
  3. Vidala
  4. Coral
  5. Panambi
  6. The Elements II
  7. Vexilla regis
  8. Cancion del Canavaral

David Sanchez – Tenor Saxophone
Edsel Gomez – Piano
Ben Street - Bass
Adam Cruz – Drums
Pernell Saturnino – Percussion
The City of Prague Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carlos Frenzetti, who also wrote the arrangements.

David Sanchez, a Puerto Rican by birth first came to prominence in Dizzy Gellespie’s United Nations Orchestra. Dizzy brought many aspiring musicians to the attention of the public during his long and distinguished career; David Sanchez was one of the last. He has a most beautiful tone on the saxophone and a technique second to none. I would rate him one of the best tenor players in the world at this time. I find it refreshing that he is able to be modern and different, without the use of the ugly sounds, which for me mar the work of so many contemporary musicians.

The arrangements for the Prague Symphony by Carlos Frenzetti are also remarkable. Most jazz player with Symphony backing discs have failed due to a total lack of empathy between the players. This is not present here, what we have is superb melodies, excellently played by all concerned. The recording was in fact made in Prague, at Smechy Studios; the mixing however took place at Sony Music Studio, New York City. Wherever the work was done, the overall result is near perfection, so near, that I could not point to anything needing improvement. Perhaps the sleeve note could have spent more time on the background to the music and a less on David thanking his butcher, baker and candlestick maker!

The first to tracks are based on compositions of Jobim, which gives a guarantee of quality. Tracks 6 & 9 are Sanchez compositions and track 6 is from Franzetti. Track 6 has some double tracking with Sanchez stating his own theme before continuing with more delicious improvisations.

This is music to relax and enjoy; David Sanchez takes the listener on a musical journey of great quality and inventiveness. It is one of the very best new releases in a long time and should be in everyone’s collection.

Don Mather


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