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Sony, (ru)

Mainstream Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Latin Jazz


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CD,  : Jazz (Saxophone)      

In titling this album Melaza ("molasses" in Spanish), tenor and soprano saxophonist David Snchez makes reference to the sugarcane fields of his native Puerto Rico. Noting that inhumane labor conditions produced an ironically sweet-tasting product, Snchez sets a political tone, which he makes more explicit by dedicating the disc to "the African extension, the indigenous peoples of the Americas and the community of Vieques for its years of struggle for peace." In keeping with this serious message, the music on the album, which draws deeply from Puerto Rican rhythms, possesses an extraordinary urgency. Co-produced by Snchez and Branford Marsalis (who plays tenor on Snchez's epic "Cancin del Caaveral"), Melaza is powered by Snchez's working band: Miguel Zenn on alto, Edsel Gomez on piano, Hans Glawischnig on bass, Antonio Snchez on drums, and Pernell Saturnino on percussion. Adam Cruz plays drums on three tracks; Hector "Tito" Matos and William Cepeda appear as guest percussionists.

Five of the eight tracks are Snchez originals; these include the hard-hitting opener "Puerto San Juan," the majestic "Canto a Loza," the manic "Centinela," and the sly, swinging "Against Our Will." Snchez's tenor solos have never sounded more intense, and his band, sharpened by months of live performances, is one of the best. Bassist Glawischnig contributes the lively and labyrinthine "Orbitando," which features Snchez on soprano and a monster percussion solo by Saturnino. Zenn's "El Ogro" is another fiery track, and Milton Nascimento's "Veja Esta Cano" closes the album on a romantic note, with Snchez and Gomez reaching lyrical heights.

All Music Guide


Adam Cruz (Drums)
Antonio Sanchez (Drums)
Edsel Gomez (Piano)
Hans Glawischnig (Bass)
Miguel Zenon (Alt Saxophone)


   1 Puerto San Juan         0:07:30 Snchez
   2 Canto A Loiza         0:10:16 -"-
   3 El Ogro         0:06:27 Zenn
   4 Cancion Del Canaveral (Song Of The Sugar Cane Field)         0:07:03 Song Of The Sugar...
   5 Orbitando         0:07:15 Glawischnig
   6 Against Our Will         0:07:28 Snchez
   7 Centinela         0:08:02 -"-
   8 Ueja Esta Cancao         0:06:11 Brandt / Nascimento


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