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A Grammy-winning saxophonist and member of the SFJAZZ Collective, David Sánchez presents his newest project, Carib—a deeply personal journey using modern jazz to explore the kinship between the West African drum rhythms of Yuba, Calinda, and Sika and the music of Haiti, Carriacou, and his native Puerto Rico.
Since his early exposure to Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nation Orchestra, Sánchez has become one of the most celebrated instrumentalists in jazz, recording ten albums as a leader and winning a Latin Grammy Award for his 2004 orchestral session, Coral. Over a career full of highlights, he has performed with a roster of greats including Charlie Haden, Eddie Palmieri, Roy Haynes, Tom Harrell, Roy Hargrove, and Pat Metheny, among others. He was coleader of the cross-cultural Ninety Miles Project with trumpeter Christian Scott and former SFJAZZ Collective vibraphonist Stefon Harris, recording a pair of albums in Havana that traced the common connections between Cuba and the United States through the language of jazz. The project was a natural antecedent to Carib, in which Sánchez takes a yet deeper dive into the Afro-Caribbean musical lineage and its shared history with the American jazz tradition.
There was no mistaking the penetrating quality of the tenor saxophonist’s tone, the fluidity of his thought, nor the remarkable evenness of his articulation. Sánchez was a distinctive thinker and technical whiz when he made his Chicago debut.
David Sánchez possesses one of the most distinctive and vocalized sounds in jazz.
—London Evening Standard
Sánchez has a wonderful flair for melody and one of the most meltingly beautiful tenor saxophone tones in the world.
Sánchez makes rhythmically entrancing and highly elegant music.
—New York Post