National Concert Hall jazzed up by David Sanchez
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Grammy-winning jazz tenor saxophonist David Sanchez bought modern jazz with Latino elements to Taiwan at a well received concert at the National Concert Hall on Aug. 31.
September 9, 2013, 4:12 pm TWN
Leading the David Sanchez Group (Ricardo Rodriguez on bass, Henry Cole on drum and Edward Simon on piano) in one of the highlight performances of the 2013 Summer Jazz Party, the Puerto Rico-born musician said prior to the performance that he was looking forward to jamming at the concert hall and sharing a great evening with the audience in Taiwan.
The saxophonist, lauded by the London Evening Standard as “one of the most distinctive and vocalized sounds in jazz,” received nine Grammy Awards nominations. He was the Grammy winner for Best Latin Jazz Performance in 1997 and the Latin Grammy winner for Best Instrumental Recording in 2005.
Sanchez started to play instruments aged 8, moving from the conga to the tenor saxophone at 12. He joined Dizzy Gillespie's United Nation Orchestra in 1990. The jazz icon mentored Sanchez and played with him first with the orchestra and later in Dizzy's Trio.
Ricardo Rodriguez said he was “very impressed” with Sanchez. “His skill (and) musicianship are very strong. He did an unbelievable job. He came very prepared and is a guy who is willing to commit everything to the music.”
The musician was praised by various publications. The New Yorker Magazine said Sanchez makes “rhythmically entrancing and highly elegant music.” The New York Times said Sanchez “plays with unforced authority and a searching, smoldering cadence.”
Renowned jazz critic Howard Reich saluted the young bandleader in a review, saying, “Technically, tonally and creatively, he seems to have it all. His sound is never less than plush, his pitch is unerring, his rapid-fire playing is ravishing in its combination of speed, accuracy and utter evenness of tone. What results is far closer to the more daring postbop tradition than to standard Latin music.”
The 2013 Summer Jazz Party will conclude with the concert by Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio on Sept. 14. The group is led by Gonzalo Rubalcaba, a Grammy-winning Cuban pianist.