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Sketches of Dreams

Right after becoming an international star on the jazz scene in New York City and his native Puerto Rico with the release of his breakthrough debut CD The Departure, David Sanchez cemented his rise to worldwide fame with his stunning second album in 1995 that proved to be a astonishing success. Sketches Of Spain is a challenging and highly versatile masterwork that showcases a calliber virtuoso performance filled with a solid tapestry that’s gracefully done with sophisticated style, sheer artistry and a wonderful Latin background done with swinging merit and lyrical passion. Starting with the high octane-driven Africa Y Las Americas, the sprawling track set concludes slightly well on other riveting compositions, like the fast forward-driven Bomba Blues, The Extension, Mal Social and the title track, while it include three exquisite takes on standards, like Falling In Love With Love and his finale reindition of Jackie McLean’s Little Melonie. Heading a band which consist of master jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove (who does pop up on the title track) and a slick percussion unit, Sketches Of Dreams even showcases Sanchez’ appealing tone on his tenor saxophone, while pianists like Dave Kikowski and Danilo Perez have plenty of solo space. What is also ironic about this CD is Sanchez’ warm sound that is quite appealing on the classic ballad Tu Y Mi Cancion or his tender take on It’s Easy To Remember that defines it’s main example, which will live on as one of his best and most beloved masterworks. You know, here is a talented saxophone player who has a lot to say and a lot more to look forward to from his varied well-structured ways as he looks forward what the future lies ahead. Check it out!




Sketches of Dreams Review


It’s a shame that you hear so much in the mainstream about Carter and Redman and not Sanchez. although Joshua and James are very deserving of the press so is David, yet he gets the short end of the stick. His technical dexterity is obvious throughout the album. But that is not what attracts me to Sanchez’s music. His improvisations are simply red-hot, full blaze. They’re full of Latin flavor, but true to post-bop articulation and phrasing. His sound is so big and, at times, somewhat on the raw side. Throughout the album, he and Perez work very well together. My personal favorite on this album is "The Extension" and the sixth track (I can’t remember it by name right now). In any case, as a jazz lover and sax player myself, I know what I like to listen to and transcribe. ..This is one of the CDs I’ll be studying and playing along with for quite a while. -Read Reviews-


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