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Coral Hybrid SACD - DSD

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Coral (Hybr) (View amazon detail page) ASIN: B0002JELCM Binding: Audio CD Artist: Sanchez, David UPC: 827969031360

Puerto Rican tenor saxophonist David Sanchez has been exploring the connections between jazz and Latin music ever since he burst on the scene in the early '90s, when New York gigs with Eddie Palmieri led to a spot in Dizzy Gillespie's band. He takes a giant step forward on his seventh CD, performing the French impressionist-influenced works of Brazilian and Argentine composers; he is supported by his sextet, featuring alto Miguel Zenón, as well as arranger/conductor Carlos Franzetti and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Sanchez's lyrical tenor breathes new life into Antonio Carlos Jobim's atmospheric "Matita Perê," Heitor Villa-Lobos's moody and majestic title track, and the Pampa pulsations of Alberto Ginastera's "Vidala" and "Panambi." Augmented by original works by Franzetti and Sanchez, this project is reminiscent of Stan Getz's Focus and Joe Lovano's Rush Hour. It beautifully highlights Latin America's classical European heritage--and its African heartbeat. --Eugene Holley, Jr.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 3, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0002JELCM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,210 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Clifford Brown. George Shearing. Charlie "Yardbird" Parker. William "Bill" Evans. What do all of these musicians have in common? At one point in each musician's career, they have done albums with symphonies or string choirs. Since the 1950's, the marriage of the jazz combo and string section has lead to some of the most influential recordings in jazz heritage. Who can deny the power of the albums of "Charlie Parker with Strings"? . . . . who can deny the popularity of the "Satin" series of Captiol Records recordings done with the George Shearing Quartet? Either to your liking or disapproval, string section/combo jazz recordings are here to stay.

One play of this album left a definite impression on me. First, the DSD mastering of this disc makes the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra come alive. I haven't heard such a warm recording of strings since my late grandmother approached the old Dual turntable with a Shearing and strings recording. To this day, I play them on a VPI Hw19-IV/Rega 250/Grado/Lehmann Black Cube.

David's rapid-fire approach to solos and his ability to improvise fugues and passacaglias in his solos didn't stop on this recording. David is a bit paced on this recording versus Obsession or The Departure; however, his playing is still rich is his Hispanic lineage.

He takes these classics (and a few of his own tunes) and turns them into suites for sextet and orchestra. With a top notch band and the Prague Philharmonic in A+ form, what you get in this album is a celebration of music with the mastering that it deserves.

I have little doubt any jazz fan will dislike this recording. It's part strings/combo; it's part latin jazz sextet; it's part symphonic poem; and it's all music.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr.D.Treharne on August 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a ground-breaking departure for Sanchez who has gathered around him a basic quartet of Edsel Gomez (piano),Adam Cruz (drums) and either John Benitez or Ben Street on Bass.He plays a beautifully controlled Tenor Sax on all the tracks. He's selected a wide range of different styles from Latin music and chosen to have string arrangements, sympathetically played by members the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. To this basic mix he's added Miguel Zenon on Alto sax (tracks 3,4 & 8) and Pernell Saturnino on percussion for tracks 1,2,3,4,6 &8.The real fascination is the way in which he has mixed material, some of the compositions,like the A.C.Jobim tracks, familiar to me, and others less well known.He also includes two self composed tracks (6 & 8) which fit perfectly into what he is trying to achieve.The ensemble playing is a delight, and the arrangements never overwhelm the basic quartet. My own two favourite tracks are "Eu sei que vou te amar" which envelopes the listener with sound, and "Vexilla Regis" which has some wonderful playing by Sanchez. It's not an album that gives everything immediately, but marks another move forward in the career of one of my favourite tenor sax players. This one may suprise you! Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JESSANDJAZZ on August 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Beautiful phrasing! David is blessed to have an expression older

than his years. He was just in time to live in the beauty of

an era of fantastic music. With his life experiences he has

entered a wonderful portal of communication. I hope he

finds it is also what he loves. sincerely, jessandjazz
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In what would turn out to be his most ambitious project in his distinguished music
career, David Sanchez presented this stylish concept CD that pays a rich, sweeping
dedication to the history of Latin American music, which he had wanted to make this
record that was not meant to be “out there”--but produce something of great beauty.
Released in 2004, Coral was a dream come true that was some years in the making
where it focus on several legendary Latin American composers who became part of
music history and even reflects on The Impressionistic Period while remaining close
to the Latin jazz medium. Buoyed by The City Of Prague Symphony Orchestra, the
track set heightens up your listening pleasure with an array of dramatic crescendos,
rhapsodic virtue and elegant melodies that begins with two songs written by Antonio
Carlos Jobim. The CD concludes with his graceful take on Heitor Villa Lobos’ Coral
and two timeless works by Alberto Ginastera—Argentina’s foremost representative
of musical nationalism: Vexilla Regis, which is part of his 1934 orchestral suite, and
his ballet Panambi, an early work from his Objective Nationalism style, until before
taking full charge of the jazz expression on Sanchez’ The Elements II which feature
Miguel Zenon on alto. A Latin Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Album of 2004,
Coral is a richly detailed time capsule that demonstrate a deeper, more intense jazz
jazz spirit that showcases Sanchez’ world class stature in the Latin jazz elite as this
orchestra-backed masterpiece that will always remain a timeless testament as well
as one of his celebrated achievements for countless of ages.
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