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Antonio Sanchez

Migration

Cam Jazz CAMJ 7804-2

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Artists :
Antonio Sanchez ( Drums )
Chick Corea ( Piano )
Chris Potter ( Tenor And Soprano Sax )
David Sanchez ( Tenor Sax )
Pat Metheny ( Guitar )
Scott Colley ( Bass )
Release date
Aug 28, 2007
Duration
66:23
Barcode
8024709780423

His style and selfless class emerge in every piece, where the compatibility of all players interlocks into an impeccable poetic synergy.


"Migration gives notice that Antonio Sanchez is ready to lead his own ensembles. The core quartet here contains two of the best tenor saxophonists in the world under 40, and one of the most complete bassists in jazz; plus guest appearances by Chick Corea and Pat Metheny. For his recording debut as a leader, Antonio Sanchez has created a work daring yet meticulous in concept and inspired in execution. He had very high-level help. Chris Potter, David Sanchez, and Scott Colley give deeply of themselves to this project, and the sound achieved by engineer Joe Ferla renders every electric moment of this acoustic album. Sanchez says, 'I had to have him for my first record, because nobody gets my drum sound like Joe.' " (T. Conrad)


"Best CD of 2007" (DownBeat) / "Best Debut Album of the Year" (All About Jazz NY)


Recorded in New York on 10, 11 January 2007, at Sear Sound Studio Recording engineer Joe Ferla Track #1: recorded in Clearwater (FL) on 21 January 2007, at Mad Hatter East Studios by Bernie Kirsh Mixed in New York at Sony Studio Mixing engineer Joe Ferla


Liner notes by Thomas Conrad


Cover photo: Lisardo F. Maggipinto


Photos by John Abbott

Reviews

Antonio Sanchez – Migration

Antonio Sanchez (36) is een Mexicaanse jazzdrummer, die met name voor een groter publiek bekendheid kreeg nadat hij zo’n zes jaar geleden de plek van de vaste drummer van Pat Metheny innam. Naast het vele touren met Pat Metheny is hij een veelgevraagde sessiedrummer voor uiteenlopende projecten. Het flink aan de weg timmerende Italiaanse CamJazz label heeft hem nu de kans gegeven om te laten zien of hij ook als bandleider uit de voeten kan. Het resultaat van deze opgave is ‘Migration’, dat voor de meeste nummers teruggrijpt op een minder gebruikelijke bezetting zoals die eerder al door drummer Billy Drummond in 1996 voor zijn uitstekende album “Dubai” als uitgangspunt werd genomen: twee (primair) tenorsaxofonisten met bas en drums. Chris Potter is net als toen van de partij, maar ditmaal is niet Walt Weiskopf de frontpartner, maar tenorsaxofonist David Sanchez (geen familie van de bandleider overigens). Het samenspel tussen beide saxofonisten kenmerkt zich door een hoog energieniveau, dat met name tot optimale uitdrukking komt op Sanchez sterke compositie “Challenge Within”. De lyrische capaciteiten van beiden zijn het best te beluisteren in Pat Metheny’s latin-beïnvloede compositie “Arena”, dat prachtig is opgebouwd en waarop de componist zelf ook te horen is. Een andere high profile gast is Chick Corea, die het speciaal voor de drummer geschreven “One For Antonio” voor deze sessie meenam, een ander hoogtepunt van deze plaat. Slechts begeleid door de altijd solide Scott Colley op bas en Sanchez op drums houdt dit meer dan negen minuten durende nummer elke seconde de aandacht vast. Gemiddeld duren de composities op ‘Migration’ acht minuten. De saxofonisten krijgen dan ook alle ruimte en die vrijheid uit zich ook in het spel, dat op nummers als “Inner Urge”, “Greedy Silence” en “Did You Get It?” behoorlijk heftig is. Kortom, zeker geen gemakkelijk in het oor klinkend album (hetgeen wellicht symbolisch wordt weergegeven door de mooie albumcover) dat wordt afgesloten met een aanstekelijk gitaar-drums duet van Antonio Sanchez en zijn baas Pat Metheny op de klanken van Miles Davis’ standard “Solar”. Migration is een sterk debuutalbum, waarop Antonio Sanchez enerzijds bewijst dat zijn jazzdrummen tot de absolute wereldtop behoort en anderzijds zijn visitekaartje als componist afgeeft.

13/10/2008Jazzenzo.nlErik Werkman
ANTONIO SANCHEZ MIGRATION

Als veteraan Chick Corea meespeelt op je eerste album, dan heb je al aardig je sporen verdiend. Antonio Sanchez, 37 jaar, diende als sideman veel grote namen; Joshua Redman, Michael Brecker, Charlie Haden, Chris Potter, John Patitucci, Paquito D'Rivera, Dee Dee Bridgewater en Dianne Reeves. Uit deze illustere rij horen we Chris Potter prominent op deze debuutcd Migration. Potter maakt er met tenorist David Sanchez een waar feest van, bijvoorbeeld Did you get it?, met felle en soms flink honkende chases en volop ruimte voor vingervlugge tenorsolo’s die soms heel fraai in dialoog zijn met drummer Sanchez. Bassist Colley stuwt dit nummer naar grote hoogten. ‘Arena’, samen met Metheny is lyrisch van aard, met lange melodische lijnen. Lijnen waarop het in het intro weer bon ton is in combinatie met gitaar unisono te blazen, een hardnekkig recept. De tenoristen demarreren heel fraai uit dit wat voortkabbelende nummer weg, waardoor zich de nodige spanning opbouwt. Corea schreef het eerste nummer op de cd, een tribute aan de master of ceremonies met de titel One for Antonio, een trio samen met bas en drums. Dit tribute brengt een topperiode van de pianist in herinnering, van kort na zijn min of meer eersteling Now He Sings Now He Sobs (Solid State, 1968), het album ARC (ECM, 1971) met Dave Holland en Barry Altschul om precies te zijn. Muziek vol lastige ritmes en ritmewisselingen. Buiten het enkele pianotrio is het op Migration de driehoek van twee saxen en drums die vooral de interactie heeft. Antonio Sanchez is een ‘droge’ drummer die heel efficiënt mept. Hij zit voortdurend fel bovenop de solo-uitspattingen van de heren blazers. De bassist zorgt, behoudens een bescheiden solo hier en daar, voor timing en een stevige basis. Inner urge van Joe Henderson laat dat heel mooi horen. Een album met de kwaliteit van Migration, een cd die uitnodigt alsmaar weer te beluisteren, trekt een wissel op het vervolg; het zal niet meevallen. Dit debuut kan alvast warm worden aanbevolen.

1/6/2008Jazzenzo.nlJan Bol
ANTONIO SANCHEZ Migration

Born in Mexico but now based in New York, drummer Antonio Sanchez makes his debut as leader with this eight-tune session featuring Chris Potter (tenor and soprano sax), David Sanchez (tenor sax and no relation to the leader), Scott Colley (bass) and guests Pat Metheny (guitar) and Chick Corea (piano). Aside from the lively opener, “One for Antonio,” written by and featuring Corea at the piano and the graceful “Arena (Sand)” spotlighting its composer, Metheny, the remaining tunes omit piano and guitar to fulfill the leader’s penchant for ‘drums playing free.’ The disc features some innovative original tunes built on various tempos and featuring the saxophonists in unison or as soloists. Sanchez builds dramatic traps work drama into each tune, one of the best being “Greedy Silence,” a tempo-shifting, dynamic number and the lengthiest at 10:53 minutes. Sanchez and crew also serve up novel interpretations of Joe Henderson’s “Inner Urge” and, for the finale, a drums-guitar duet with Metheny on Miles Davis’ “Solar.” Before this recording, Sanchez polished his chops as sideman to Michael Brecker, Danilo Perez, Avishai Cohen, Paquito D’Rivera, Chick Corea and Pat Metheny. You’ll hear influences of these musicians in his compositions and the band’s performances on this promising debut disc.

7/2/2008Jazz & Blues ReportNancy Ann Lee
Antonio Sanchez MIGRATION

Para su debut come líder, el baterista mexicano Antonio Sánchez ha conseguido reunir a reputados músicos con los que lleva colaborando desde hace tiempo como Chris Potter, David Sánchez o Scott Colley, más la presencia de dos invitados: Chick Corea y Pat Metheny. Sánchez utiliza en “Migration” distintas formaciones, del dúo al quinteto, que proporcionan gran variedad a la sonoridad del álbum, destacando especialmente los cuartetos con los dos saxofonistas (“Did You Get It? o Challenge Within”) y el trío con Potter al soprano (“Ballade”). Las composiciones del álbum, la mitad de ellas escritas por el baterista, tienen una extensión generosa que permite amplios espacios para las improvisaciones de unos músicos que justifican con hechos su reconocida reputación, sostenidas por la variedad de ritmos que Sánchez ofrece en su estimulante presentación.

5/2/2008CUADERNOS DE JAZZArribas
ANTONIO SANCHEZ Migration

Il primo album come leader del trentaseienne batterista messicano evidenzia le sue doti di strumentista, ma anche la capacità di creare una musica articolata, nella linea di un contemporary mainstream di alto profilo. Metà dell’album lo vede in quartetto con il bassista Scott Colley e con due protagonisti dell’attuale sax tenore jazz: David Sanchez e Chris Potter (quest’ultimo imbraccia anche il soprano in una intensa pagina in trio). Ci sono poi due ospiti d’eccezione: il suo ex-leader Pat Metheny, che si aggiunge al gruppo in un brano del Cd e duetta con Sanchez sulle note di Solar, ed il pianista Chick Corea, protagonista di una magistrale pagina in trio.

18/1/2008Musica & DischiMaurizio Franco
Antonio Sanchez Migration -- 4/5

O's Notes: This is an all-star lineup with bassist Scott Colley, Chick Corea (p), David Sanchez (sax), Chris Potter (sax) and leader Antonio Sanchez on drums. The music is heavily syncopated with Latin rhythms and lots of punch especially on "Challenge within". Half are Antonio originals, one by Chick, one by Metheny and two covers. The brass gets into the groove on "Did You Get It?" against a rapidly walking bass and drums. Add a little guitar from guest artist Pat Metheny to arrive at the fusion tones of "Arena". We like the balance of burners like "Inner Urge" with relaxers like "Ballade” before they conclude with fusion on "Solar" highlighting another strong performance from Pat. Encore!

7/1/2008O'S PLACEeditorial
Migration Antonio Sanchez

Few young musicians have enough juice to attract both pianist Chick Corea and guitarist Pat Metheny to their debut release. Drummer Antonio Sanchez shows how with extraordinary artistry combined with exceptional technique on Migration. Saxophonists Chris Potter and David Sanchez can unquestionably blow bop and along with bassist Scott Colley they supply the necessary musicians and creativity that nails this session. Sanchez has been Metheny's drummer of choice for several years and Colley is likewise not new to this rarefied air having extensive ties to guitarist Jim Hall. While both Corea and Metheny's contributions are Latin-tinged they are texturally dissimilar. Corea's "One For Antonio" is sans saxes, making for an intimate yet rhythmically exciting piano trio while Metheny's "Area (Sand)" invites the twin-tenored quartet to partake in a powerful multi-part ballad that develops into a thrillingly-voiced opus. The danger here of course is that these two heavy weights could overshadow the session's core but amazingly don't. Potter moves between tenor and soprano and uses the latter with Colley's bass to add delicate color to the touchingly original "Ballade." Both saxophonists are precise tandem on the hard-bopping "Did You Get It?" as well as the modal "Challenge Within." The remaining originals are mixed with a free-formish take on saxophonist Joe Henderson's "Inner Urge" and Metheny and Sanchez morph Miles' "Solar" into a phenomenal duet for a jaw dropping closer. Sanchez' drumming is striking throughout, creating deeply textured multi-rhythmic landscapes that give the illusion that he is not alone behind his set.

4/1/2008All About Jazz New YorkElliot Simon
Antonio Sanchez Migration

Chris Potter-philes will be pleased by drummer Antonio Sanchez' debut, “Migration”. Sanchez has garnered some impressive associations including skinswork with Pat Metheny's current group, saxophonist David Sanchez and countless sessions. On Migration, the focus is entirely on Sanchez and his impressive trapsmanship along side a might cast of collaborators, including bassist Scott Colley, saxophonists Potter and Sanchez and guests Metheny and Chick Corea. The record begins with the rousing snap of Corea's sole appearance and composition, "One for Antonio," though the vigor continues to bubble on the uptempo swinging, two tenor saxophone romps of "Did You Get It?" and Joe Henderson's mighty "inner Urge," as well as the simmering Trane-like modal vamp of "Changes Within." While this is a mostly vivacious program, Sanchez crafts a lovely ballad, "Challenge Within," with Potter donning the soprano on a quartet piece. Metheny fanatics rejoice, your man is featured on two cuts, the moving rhapsodic "Arena (Sand)" and the exuberant conclusory duet on the Bill Evans/Miles Davis tour-de-force, "Solar."

3/1/2008Signal to noiseJay Collins
Antonio Sanchez MIGRATION

Con intenti meritori, la CAM continua ad occuparsi di artisti piuttosto diversificati: è la volta di una première da leader del noto batterista messicano Antonio Sanchez. Già affiancato a Michael Brecker e Chick Corea, è nell’ultimo Pat Metheny Group che ha raggiunto maggiore visibilità, rappresentando una voce ritmica nuova, dopo l’accentata giustezza formale di Paul Wertico e l’impareggiabile leggerezza di tocco del grande Danny Gottlieb. Sanchez è piuttosto drummer istintivamente fisico e di polso marcato e melodico, e sta sviluppando in diversi progetti uno speciale rapporto con il vulcanico e solare Metheny, che qui si dà amichevolmente come autore (di riconoscibile firma) nella ballad “Arena” oltre a dettare (in stile “Rejoicing”) nella davisiana “Solar”. Corea sigla un altro caveau: “One for Antonio”, ennesimo, strutturato episodio del suo personale post-bop. La band si completa con il bassista Scott Colley e i sassofoni di Chris Potter e David Sanchez (solo omonimo) che possono cimentarsi in un’impegnativa lettura della Inner Urge di Joe Henderson. Sanchez, con un alfabeto in nulla circoscritto alla matrice latina, è in metà dei brani anche compositore che tiene in conto la grande tradizione e i suoi più correnti sbocchi: “Did You Get It” incita in forze la frontline dei fiati, mentre “Greedy Silence” dà voce alla capacità polifoniche e alla libera amalgama del gruppo. Una “prima uscita” convincente di un nuovo campione del tamburo e di quel jazz multilingue che non è più banalmente “fusion”, ma un domain forte di voci e argomentazioni le cui traiettorie stanno già facendo storia a sé.
Commento tecnico:
qualità musicale: 8,5
qualità tecnica: 8,5

14/11/2007SuonoRomualdo Del Noce
Migration Antonio Sanchez

Sorprende l’inizio. Un lungo brano di Chick Corea nel quale il pianista di Chelsea suona come da tempo non si era abituati a sentire, rimandandoci per intensità emotiva, arditezza e fluidità di fraseggio, ad un capolavoro come “Now He Sings, Now He Sobs“. Sorprende la combinazione di due tra i più formidabili tenoristi oggi in circolazione come Chris Potter e David Sanchez. Niente sterili virtuosismi o pirotecnici esibizionismi ma un’attenzione alle geometrie, agli intrecci reciproci, alla bellezza del suono senza perdere un’oncia del sacro fuoco dell’improvvisazione, che rimanda agli storici duetti tra Wayne Marsh e Lee Konitz. Sorprende la maturità da leader di Antonio Sanchez nel dirigere una formazione di tutte stelle verso territori assai poco scontati e lontani da una session di lusso. Così come sorprende la sua abilità di organizzatore sonoro, di acuto compositore e di sensibilissimo batterista a proprio agio nella scomposizione ritmica come nella fase propulsiva, mai invadente. Sorprende, ma non troppo, non il “solito”, ineccepibile, un po’ patinato Metheny di “Arena (Sand)“ quanto quello profondamente ispirato, liberamente jazzistico di “Solar“, duetto con la batteria di Antonio Sanchez, che chiude come meglio non si poteva un album d’esordio di grande spessore.

7/11/2007italia.allaboutjazz.comVincenzo Roggero
Antonio Sanchez Migration

Si sa: per un batterista, soprattutto se assai tecnicamente dotato, il primo disco da leader rischia di essere una specie di boomerang, una noiosa esibizione di muscoli e virtuosismi. Sanchez, messicano con alle spalle una già ricchissima gavetta (a fianco di Corea, Metheny – ospiti nell’album -, Danilo Perez e il compianto Brecker) riesce invece nell’impresa di costruire un disco equilibrato e saporito, nel quale il suo strumento, arricchito da innumerevoli e suggestivi suoni di percussione, si mette al servizio della musica, come direbbe un buon allenatore di serie C2. Bello, ad esempio, il suono della formazione base, con i due tenori e il basso corposo di Colley, nel quale il drumming di Sanchez dà prova di efficacissimo, sebbene non trascendentale, swing. Il batterista, infatti, si fa preferire in contesti più articolati, come l’iniziale “One For Antonio”, delizioso cadeau di Corea, chiuso da un fantasmagorico solo di Sanchez sul vamp, o l’intricatissimo 5/4 di “Challenge Within”, al quale si adatta la clave di cowbell che il funambolico batterista suona – tanto per gradire – col piede sinistro. Un pregevole esordio; e pazienza per i titoli, a volte singolarmente fessacchiotti, di alcuni brani originali.

7/11/2007JazzitVincenzo Martorella
Migration Antonio Sanchez

Antonio Sanchez' Migration overflows with a bracing jazz music that reinvigorates conventions and renews traditions. It bodes well for this extraordinary drummer’s future as a bandleader and composer of note. The freewheeling imagination with which a track such as “Ballade” teems is a direct reflection of Sanchez' own playing style. Yet he never dominates the proceedings merely to assert himself as the leader. Even when he is prominent, as when he so emphatically opens Joe Henderson’s “Inner Urge,” he does not call attention to himself but, rather, sets the stage for the musicians he’s playing with. In so doing, he leads by example in being sensitive to the subtlety of his interaction with his peers and theirs with each other. As a result the interplay present on “Did You Get It?,” where saxophonists David Sanchez and Chris Potter intertwine in steep ascension, is sharp and crisp. Still, the individual musicians make their own articulate statements. Bassist Scott Colley, for example, simultaneously sets and maintains the pace with his elegant yet unobtrusive playing on “Greedy Silence.” The star appearances and contributions of original material on Migration are duly notable, of course, but perhaps no more than work of the core quartet. Chick Corea’s “One for Antonio” is a rollicking opener where author’s piano dominates and thereby sets a generally upbeat tone for the album. The quietude of Pat Metheny’s “Arena (Sand)” is testament to the guitarist’s fundamental empathy as an instrumentalist and a composer: he plays and writes not just for himself, but to suit the personalities of the recipients, contributing to the dynamics of the session. There’s some serious musicianship present on this album in the form of formal arrangements, meticulous production and lively improvisation. Nevertheless, no aspect of Migration detracts from the palpable sense of lighthearted play when the musicians coalesce. The reappearance of Pat Metheny’s guitar on the concluding cut, Miles Davis’ “Solar,” functions as a pithy recap of the virtues present within its sixty-six minutes. It is a fresh vibrant performance that adds to the legacy of the genre and makes a statement on the part of all the musicians involved, but especially that of Antonio Sanchez.

6/11/2007All About JazzDoug Collette
ANTONIO SANCHEZ Migration – four stars

Qu’un batteur signe un premier album n’est pas forcément bon signe. Quand le néo-leader en question est l’accompagnateur attitré de Pat Metheny, Danilo Perez, Joshua Redman et autres “bêtes de scène” jazzistiques, on y écoute de plus près. Et puis un titre file, un deuxième défile, et ainsi de suite jusqu’au dernier morceau qui ponctue cette découverte avec le même fermeté que l’on met à poser le dernier verre d’une soirée sur un bar. Un seul trait unit les quatre compositions originales d’Antonio le Mexicain et celles de ses acolytes yankees : celui du bon goût. De l’art du swing tel qu’on l’apprend à force d’arpenter les routes et de ne jamais se blaser des joies de la vie de jazzman. On entend ses breaks et son drive comme le prolongement naturel d’un être qui ne boude pas son plaisir et l’on redécouvre à chaque réécoute la manière subtile dont le batteur arrive à suggérer la marche à suivre à ses improvisateurs, comme il le fait si habilement avec Pat Metheny sur “Solar”. Chick Corea a même composé pour lui le premier thème (“One for Antonio”) et lui offre sa présence charismatique sans empiéter sur la créativité de son employeur d’un jour. Car il s’agit bien là d’une histoire d’espace avant tout en l’invitant du coin de l’œil à donner toujours plus, à l’image des deux ténors (Chris Potter et David Sanchez) mis côte à côte. Une première qui s’avère donc une vraie bonne surprise.

5/11/2007JazzmanGuillaume Bregeras
Migration Antonio Sanchez

Drummer Antonio Sanchez has amassed an impressive resume, performing and recording with the likes of Michael Brecker, Danilo Perez, Paquito D'Rivera, Chick Corea and Pat Metheny. On "Migration", his debut as a leader, he has assembled an A-list band which includes David Sanchez (no relation) and Chris Potter on reeds and Scott Colley on bass. Metheny chimes in on a pair of tunes, while Corea is featured on another. Utilizing various ensembles Sanchez' is a musical tale that unfolds through five distinct--yet complimentary--settings. At the heard of the disc are four tunes performed by his quartet. Featuring the two reeds set against the backdrop of just Colley and Sanchez, the absence of a traditional rhythmic instrument for purposes of fleshing out the backdrop with chords creates a spacious sonic canvas. In this setting, Joe Henderson's "Inner Urge" finds the two tenors exchanging inspired solos. "Challenge Within" and "Greedy Silence" ride Sanchez' Latin fueled drumming while "Did You Get It?" sparkles as a neo-blues filtered through the prism of jazz in the 21st century. Also on tap is a pair of trio performances. The haunting "Ballade" finds the 4tet pared down, exuding a Coltrane-esque vibe with Potter's soprano sax as the lone horn. "One For Antonio", with Corea on piano, is the disc's most "conventional" group format and is approached with the same sense of adventure and aplomb. Metheny joins the core quartet for his composition "Arena (Sand)." Easily one of the most identifiable voices on jazz guitar, he meshes seamlessly with the group, with the end result being one of the many highlights the disc offers for listeners to behold. Miles Davis' "Solar" is recast as a drum/guitar duet and closes the program with an exclamation point. Transcending the role of a mere time-keeper, Sanchez infuses his music with nuance and texture. Factor in the additional roles of composer and bandleader and it is clear that he is the complete package. "Migration" is a wonderful example of "cerebral" jazz, intellectual offering that find its way to your heart through your brain.

2/11/2007SARATOGIANJames Lamperetta
Migration

El baterista mejicano Antonio Sánchez es uno de los más prominentes y destacados de su generación, como lo prueba la impresionante nómina de músicos con los que ha trabajado. Es tan bueno que Pat Metheny lo tiene en su grupo desde hace años, y eso ya quiere decir algo. “Migration” es el debut de Sánchez como lider, y hay que decir que es un más que notable álbum. Es asi como se debieran hacer los cominenzos discográficos, pues el baterista se ha tomado su tiempo, y no ha querido correr a firmar un disco del que no se sintiera satisfecho. A esto se la llama tener (buen) criterio. Antonio Sánchez se ha hecho acompañar de músicos de una categoria contrastada, y todos ellos dan lo mejo de sí, con especial mención al contrabajista Scott Colley que se entiende de Maravilla con el bateria. Por si fuera poco, Chick Corea aporta una composición propia (“One for Antonio”, un homenaje al baterista) y lo toca en el que es el único trio clásico del disco; y Metheny está con su inconfundible guitarra en dos temas; “Arena (Sand)” –compuesto para esta ocasión- y en la versión del milesiano “Solar”. El disco muestra a un baterista con una capacidad de liderazgo poco común entre los de su gremio, conduce a su banda con firmeza pero a la vez con la suficiente autonomia como para que cada cual se muestre somo es. De esta forma se asiste a la presentación de un jazz de alto nivel energético, muy post-bop, pero que al mismo tiempo ofrece una rica paleta de matices sonoros gracias a que la responsabilidad interna de la música está repartida entre los cuatro instrumentistas. Los ocho temas que componen el disco tienen un balance casi perfecto: cuatro temas del lider (a no perderse “Did you get it?” y “Challenge within”), dos temas de sus invitados de lujo y otros dos standars, el mencionado “Solar” y el “Inner Urge” de Joe Henderson. Un disco muy recomendable que abre lo que promete ser una fructifera trayectoria personal de una gran músico.

2/11/2007distritojazz.comJosé Manuel Pérez Rey
Antonio Sanchez Migration

An impressive debut from the Pat Metheny Group drummer that opens up with a composition written especially for the session, “One for Antonio”, by Chick Corea, who also performs on it. It says much of the rarefied air at the top of the American jazz tree Sanchez now breathes that he can whistle up Corea and Pat Metheny (who also contributes an original “Arena (Sand)” for his session. But having great talent on hand is no guarantee of a great album, but Sanchez comes close. Perhaps the album’s drawback is it is difficult to discern the centre of Sanchez’s music – presumably the four tracks “Did You Get It?”, “Challenge Within,” “Greedy Silence,” and Joe Henderson’s “Inner Urge” with a two tenor quartet with Colley. Sanchez and Potter are fluent and frenetic, albeit since their post-bop stylistic allegiances can be tracked back to similar sources from time to time it is impossible to discern who is who and this lack of stylistic contrast can make things sound a bit one dimensional at times. Metheny’s guitar is added on “Arena (Sand)” for a welcome tonal contrast, suggesting this group might be more effective with either a guitar or piano to provide tonal contrast. “Ballade” is a trio with the ever frenetic Potter who almost succeeds in preventing his fingers running away with him while the drummer and Metheny duet on “Solar” to climax an album that at times lacks emotional depth – such as the climax to “Did You Get It?” – but not technical brilliance.

1/11/2007JazzwiseStuart Nicholson
Antonio Sanchez leader con Chick Corea e Metheny

Messicano 36enne, Antonio Sanchez è uno dei batteristi più richiesti sulla scena jazzistica contemporanea. E il motivo è ben mostrato da questo primo album a suo nome, che vede la presenza di notevoli personalità, i due sassofonisti Chris Potter e David Sanchez (senza relazioni di parentela: lui è del Portorico), Scott Colley al contrabbasso e i due “super ospiti” Chick Corea e Pat Metheny. Pianista e chitarrista si producono generosamente nei tre brani in cui sono presenti, ma è soprattutto il quartetto base a convincere in questo “Migration”; gli scambi fra i sax sono spumeggianti, Colley si pone con originalità tra Dave Holland e Miroslav Vitous, mentre il leader scompone il tempo in maniera sempre appassionante. Solo superficialmente questo disco (una produzione italiana realizzata a New York lo scorso gennaio) si inserisce nel grande revival dell’hard bop; in realtà è ricco di fermenti nuovi.

28/10/2007Corriere della SeraClaudio Sessa
Migration ANTONIO SANCHEZ – il disco del mese

Non sappiamo se sia stato voluto o meno, ma raramente un primo album da leader di un jazzista contemporaneo ci sembra giusto e tempestivo come questo “Migration”. Batterista, con l’età giusta per poter dire di aver fatto le necessarie esperienze, Sanchez è nato a Mexico City nel 1971 e negli ultimi anni il suo curriculum si è arricchito: dall’orchestra postuma di Gillespie a Danilo Perez e poi Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, David Sanchez e tanti altri, sino al suo ingresso nel gruppo di Pat Metheny… poi allargato anche al trio che il chitarrista del Missouri ha voluto con Sanchez e il fenomenale Christian McBride al contrabbasso. Ed è giusto anche che il batterista abbia scelto, per il proprio album, di guidare un quartetto composto da lui e dal bassista Scott Colley come parte ritmica e dai tenorsassofonisti Chris Potter e David Sanchez per ciò che attiene quella armonica. Detto che i due suddetti fiatisti sono quanto di meglio il leader potesse trovare tra quelli della sua generazione o poco più anziani, la scelta indica indirettamente la voglia di Sanchez di uscire dallo schema classico con piano forte (soprattutto) e chitarra a fare da collante per tutti gli altri strumenti. Qui è tutto molto più libero, dinamico, efficace, moderno. Voi direte: “ma nel disco non suonano pure Pat Metheny e Chick Corea?”. La risposta è affermativa ma, altra scelta vincente, sono utilizzati per soli due brani (il chitarrista) e per uno (il pianista). Così facendo, però, i due hanno concentrato le loro energie, e il risultato è che suonano entrambi come da anni non ascoltavamo su disco. Ad Armando Anthony Chick spetta il compito di aprire le danze con un brano bellissimo “One For Antonio” da lui scritto appositamente per questa occasione e in cui il suo pianoforte torna a scintillare e a regalare emozioni come nei momenti d’oro della sua lunga carriera; si tratta di un trio di chiara ambientazione latineggiante. Metheny, invece, regala al titolare “Arena (Sand)”, nuova composizione che merita di essere messa a paragone con i più bei temi mai scritti dal chitarrista. Tempo medio, atmosfera da brividi, andamento sognante e assoli incredibili da parte di David Sanchez, Chris Potter e naturalmente l’autore. In chiusura di album, poi, Pat e Antonio si concedono una sapida digressione in chiave armonico-ritmica eseguendo in coppia una dinamicissima “Solar” di Miles Davis. Ma sono i brani in quartetto quelli che mettono definitivamente a fuoco le capacità di Antonio Sanchez che guida sicuro la sua band attraverso un jazz modernissimo, ovviamente carico di forza ritmica ma anche con eccellenti squarci lirici. Crediamo sia infine doveroso rivolgere un plauso alla CAM Jazz, che con il grande lavoro svolto in questi anni si è definitivamente affermata in tutto il mondo come label di riferimento. Dal punto di vista tecnico la CAM è andata doverosamente a registrare a New York e, su indicazione dello stesso leader, ha ingaggiato uno dei maghi della console jazz, Joe Ferla. Il risultato è strepitoso e doverosamente all’altezza della parte artistica.
Commento tecnico:
qualità musicale: 8.5
qualità tecnica: 9.5

16/10/2007AudioreviewMarco Crisostomi
ANTONIO SANCHEZ Migratio

Antonio Sanchez s’est surtout fait remarquer chez Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker (le disque est dédié à sa mémoire) et Danilo Perez, après avoir étudié le piano classique au Conservatoire de Mexico City où il est né. Technicien accompli, il pratique ici une formule qui fit les beaux jours d’Elvin Jones après la mort de John Coltrane : deux saxophonistes, basse et batterie. Cette formation lui permet de donner libre cours à ce qui constitue le meilleur de son jeu : l’invention constante de “fill-in”, brèves phrases rythmiques qui s’insèrent dans le discours mélodique de ses compagnons, leur fournissant tout à la fois couleurs et idées rythmiques (voyez en particulier “Did You Get It”, Inner Urge et Solar ?). L’amicale compétition entre David Sanchez et Chris Potter, deux des meilleurs instrumentistes actuels de moins de quarante ans, stimule visiblement l’ensemble de la formation qui illustre ici avec brio une version intense mais souvent romantique de la modernité.

10/10/2007Classica Repertoireeditorial
ANTONIO SANCHEZ Migration – disques du mois

Ce remarquable CD, le premier sous son nom d’Antonio Sanchez, batteur overbooké s’il en est, nous raconte une histoire en huit chapitres. Le premier, “One For Antonio”, met en scène un trio dont la vedette est Chick Corea, un employeur régulier de Sanchez. Son swing perlé fait merveille et les atours latin jazz du morceau qu’il a composé pour l’occasion ravira tous ses admirateurs. Le deuxième, “Did You Get It?”, le quatrième (“Challenge Within)”, le sixième (“Greedy Silence”) et le septième (un classique de Joe Henderson, “Inner Urge”) sont les plus captivants. Quatre premiers rôles ! Les deux Sanchez forment des binômes créatifs épatants : les baguettes d’Antonio dansent avec celui de Chris Potter. Leurs tresses cuivrées font toute la singularité de ces quatre chapitres, les meilleurs du disque. Dans le cinquième, “Ballade”, Potter souffle sans son camarade. La tension et l’attention retombent, comme dans le deuxième chapitre, “Arena /Sand)”, où une autre guest star fait son apparition : Pat Metheny – autre employeur régulier d’Antonio. On le retrouve dans chapitre final, “Solar”, et il se lance dans une chouette impro sans filet en duo avec celui qui reste “in fine” le héros de cd CD, le fantastique Antonio. Recommandé.

2/10/2007Jazz magazineMatthieu Devert
Antonio Sanchez - Migration

Pronto lo era già da un pezzo. Almeno da quando Pat Metheny lo aveva chiamato nel suo Group, colpito da quel ragazzo di Città del Messico che suonava la batteria con incredibile talento nel trio di Danilo Perez. Ma, meticoloso com’è, ha preferito attendere ancora qualche anno per mettere a punto in ogni dettaglio il suo debutto come leader. E ha fatto bene: oggi Antonio Sanchez non può che essere pienamente soddisfatto di questo Migration. Antonio è un musicista esplosivo, con una carica istintiva che trasuda ad ogni ‘beat’, ma è stupefacente, quando scrive musica, come riesce a ricondurre la propria ‘furia’ percussionistica nell’alveo della razionalità senza perdere un briciolo di dinamismo e spontaneità. Quattro sono le composizioni da lui realizzate per questo disco, tante quanti sono i membri del quartetto che le esegue. Parliamo di Scott Colley, uno dei contrabbassisti più solidi e completi sulla piazza, e di Chris Potter e David Sanchez, tra i migliori sassofonisti emersi negli ultimi anni. L’assenza di strumenti armonici permette ai musicisti di essere più liberi di inventare e di poter distribuire con maggior equilibrio le responsabilità all’interno del gruppo. I due sax tenore sono protagonisti di una splendida performance: Potter possiede ormai uno stile maturo e riconoscibile e David Sanchez presenta un’interessante commistione tra Charlie Parker, Rollins e Coltrane. Entrambi duettano insieme nell’esposizione dei temi, si sovrappongono contrappuntisticamente, si rincorrono dentro infuocate ‘chase’, interpretano al meglio la ‘sfida’ lanciata da Antonio Sanchez e Colley, una coppia ritmica che è pura dinamite, così come lo sono “Did You Get It?”, “Challenge within” e “Greedy Silence”. Due ospiti non hanno assolutamente voluto mancare alla “festa” del loro amico Antonio e hanno scritto ciascuno un brano appositamente per questo disco: Chick Corea firma “One for Antonio” in trio con Colley e Sanchez mentre Pat Metheny si unisce al quartetto per “Arena (Sand)”. “Ballade” si commenta da sé fin dal titolo e ci offre un trio con un Potter molto ispirato al soprano; gli standard scelti per completare il disco sono “Inner Urge” di Joe Henderson (folgorante fin dall’avvio, con l’esposizione del tema affidato ai sassofoni con il solo, martellante accompagnamento della batteria) e “Solar”, ripresa in duo da Antonio Sanchez e Metheny. Mi permetto infine di segnalare – a titolo del tutto personale – l’assolo di batteria più bello (non certo l’unico) di tutto il disco. E‘ quello che compare verso la fine “Challenge within”: la perfetta consequenzialità con cui viene costruito, la quantità e la varietà di operazioni percussive eseguite in così poco tempo, il tutto con la massima naturalezza, sono semplicemente ‘terrificanti’.

1/10/2007jazzconvention.netRoberto De Virtis
ANTONIO SANCHEZ Migration – four star

Drummer Antonio Sanchez leads a heavyweight quartet, with Chris Potter (tenor/soprano), David Sanchez (tenor) and Scott Colley (bass) for this impressive leader debut. With no piano to quote the harmonic alphabet, they make the most off the opportunities thus offered; their work has an airy freedom without totally forsaking home base. Potter is especially gifted in this respect, but both he and David Sanchez benefit from the brilliantly mobile anchor- if that isn’t a contradiction in terms – of Colleys’ bass, and the sensitivity and flexibility of the leader’s drums. Adding further interest, pianist Chick Corea guests with bass and drums on one track, and guitarist Pat Metheny on two, one with the quartet, the other a duet with drums. But this quartet can stand up brilliantly for itself.

21/9/2007The Irish TimesRay Comiskey
Migration

The desert has a story hidden in its eye. Many things take up its plot: the earth, the ever-changing sky, those that pass through it. Antonio Sanchez's debut, Migration, deftly evokes the life of the desert as an allegory for the journey within all of us. Sanchez climbed to prominence in the Pat Metheny Group, whose eponymous leader adds his talents to his drummer's first work. This is not to imply that Sanchez hasn't made burnished musical relationships of his own. He belongs to a battery of new young voices, two of which contribute to this well-woven tale: Chris Potter (tenor and soprano saxes), and Scott Colley (bass). David Sanchez (tenor sax) is added to this list of firebirds, and in this case it works particularly well. Another contributor is pianist Chick Corea, who still demonstrates the freshness that has permeated since he emerged with Now He Sings, Now He Sobs. (Solid State, 1968). Sanchez sports an impeccable musical bloodline. He trained at Boston's Berklee College of Music, as well as the New England Conservatory of Music, as a pianist. This was accompanied by lessons in drumming which eventually won out over the piano. One can still hear its influence; his drumming is no less melodic, demonstrating a range of dynamics and tones under his hands. He's also played with bassist Charlie Haden and the late saxophonist Michael Brecker, to whom this disk is dedicated. Migration portrays an amalgam of polyphonic images that express the riddles we encounter on this journey and their prismatic answers. Corea's post-bop use of contrapuntal yet resonant angles, Metheny's poignant melodicism, Potter and David Sanchez' playful arguments and Miles' final holographic influence contribute to its sense of evolution. Yet it bears Sanchez's indelible mark, like the rain on the salt-etched flats of the Argentinean plains on the album cover. Despite his diffidence about composing (see his All About Jazz interview), he appears to have met his own challenge within, a phrase he uses as a song title. Four of the compositions are his; they reflect a graceful intuition borne of devotion to his craft. Is "Did You Get It?" a teasing response to Metheny's "(Go) Get It" or, even more closely in form, "What Do You Want?" both standards in his mentor's trio repertoire? But in the quieter moments Sanchez's dynamics really become the soul of the work. A drummer as talented as Sanchez might be tempted to muddy up the space with sound. In "Ballade" and "Greedy Silence" the spaces speak for themselves, making the listener the most effective musician in the pieces, because then the story becomes one's own. The desert has its own way, sometimes silent, sometimes storm-driven, and not always a journey we would travel, given a choice. It is our own challenge within that often makes us aspire to its proving. But it is in that process, so eloquently delineated in Migration, that we find that we have become richer human beings because of it.

21/9/2007allaboutjazz.comElena Gillespie
Migration

The young Mexican drummer Sanchez is the racing engine of Pat Metheny's road band, and a recruit the guitarist credits with a big impact on that long-running group's current thinking. Themes by Miles Davis, Metheny, Chick Corea and Joe Henderson join originals here, and both Corea and Metheny turn up as guests in a group that also includes saxophonists Chris Potter and the (unrelated) Puerto Rican David Sanchez. Like Jack DeJohnette, Antonio Sanchez is a percussionist who was a pianist first; also like DeJohnette, he has a profound awareness of the ensemble's changing shape, and can deliver intricate detail without clutter. Explosive bursts and rolls dazzlingly interact with Corea's staccato comping on One for Antonio, and Did You Get It (like a fast cool-school piece with a storming sax counterpoint at the start and a wailing two-horn conversation at the end) has a flickering cymbal beat you want to cheer. The light-speed thinking of Potter and the soulfulness of David Sanchez make a strong contrast, and Davis's classic Solar is a mercurial guitar/drums dialogue. Champions' League postbop.

14/9/2007 The Guardian John Fordham
MIGRATION

Drummer Antonio Sanchez's debut recording as a leader is an impressive outing. An alum of both Berklee and the New England Conservatory of Music jazz studies programs, the percussionist has appeared on CDs by Pat Metheny, Micheal Brecker, Avishai Cohen and Miguel Zenón. He leads a core quartet including bassist Scott Colley plus saxophonists Chris Potter and David Sanchez, with Metheny and Corea as special guests on selected tracks. The leader's four originals hold one's interest, especially his percolating "Challenge Within" and the alternately tense and freewheeling "&"Greedy Silence." Sanchez dominates the delightful off-kilter arrangement of Joe Henderson's "Inner Urge," playing freely against the twin tenor saxes, while Miles Davis' "Solar" is an unusual guitar/drum duet with Methney. Corea contributed the infectious Latin-flavored opener "One For Antonio," a trio number with Colley that showcases each of the musicians. The quartet is joined by Metheny for the guitarist's hypnotic Latin ballad "Arena (Sand)."

3/9/2007allmusic.comKen Dryden
Antonio Sanchez Migration

Drummer Antonio Sanchez lets his hair down on this vibrant modern jazz outing with guests pianist Chick Corea and guitarist Pat Metheny. The twin saxophone attack of Chris Potter and David Sanchez (no relation) enhances the band's bravura, especially on Joe Henderson's classic "Inner Urge", given a snappy and complex reading. The drummer smothers his kit with crisp break-outs and polyrhythmic flurries on some of his own pieces plus tunes by Corea, Miles Davis. Cleverly produced and arranged, the music is engineered with an edge appropriate to its twists and turns. Easily one of the finest hours of progressive jazz for 2007.

31/8/2007AllAboutJazz.comeditorial
MIGRATION

These days it seems that too many young artists are jumping into the fray as leaders too soon. They may have admirable technique, but they’re often still searching for a voice, and would served to wait a little longer before taking that all-important leap. That’s not the case with Antonio Sanchez. Since emerging in the late 1990s, the drummer has racked up a remarkable number of significant associations, recording and/or touring with artists including Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden and the late Michael Brecker. He’s also become a part of the New York cadre of musicians that includes saxophonist Chris Potter, and bassist Scott Colley. So it’s no surprise that Sanchez’s debut as a leader, Migration, is so mature and self-assured. On a program of four Sanchez originals, two well-known jazz standards and one original each from two high-profile guests—Corea, who plays on his own Latin-esque “One for Antonio,” and Metheny, who can be heard on his elegant yet dynamically building ballad, “Arena (Sand)” and an all-stops-pulled duet with Sanchez on Miles Davis’ “Solar”—the drummer proves himself to be a flexible leader with terrific instincts for finding the place where detailed form and freedom meet. Metheny has worked with many drummers over the years, but he’s never enlisted one of his Pat Metheny Group drummers for a variety of side projects as he has with Sanchez. While the guitarist immediately stamps any project with his indomitable musical personality, what’s most remarkable about his work on Migration—and the same goes for Corea—is that even when the composition is his, there’s an approach that sounds like Sanchez, and fits seamlessly with the drummer’s vision. Sanchez’s core group—featuring Potter and tenor saxophonist David (no relation) Sanchez, and anchored by the ever-dependable, ever-inventive Colley—burns its way through the modal, 11/8 blues of the drummer’s “Changes Within.” Despite it being a blues, Sanchez’s knotty head gives it a personal marker, as does his foot pedal-controlled woodblock, which lends the piece the feeling of a clave, even if it isn’t one by strict definition. There may be no piano or guitar to provide harmonic support, but Colley peppers his single note lines with the occasional chord to provide movement throughout. Potter and David Sanchez are continuous powerhouses, soloing in tandem on “Greedy Innocence,” a tune that’s a mix of Coltrane-esque modality, quick-on-its-feet motifs, swing and periods of total freedom. That they are so unmistakable, even when winding in and around each other, speaks to Antonio Sanchez’s instincts in picking the perfect players for the date. Sanchez’s “Ballade” is a dark and spacious trio piece, featuring Potter on soprano and an evocative solo from Colley. The music may range from an intense rework of Joe Henderson’s “Inner Urge” to Sanchez’s fiery “Did You Get It?” But what comes through loud and clear is Sanchez’s voice, a seamless blend of loose improvisational encouragement and challenging charts that makes Migration one of the best debuts of 2007.

26/8/2007allaboutjazz.comJohn Kelman
Antonio Sanchez - 4 stars out of 5

You’re stopped dead with high expectation before you even open the jewel box, much less put the disc into the player. The group alone for terrific young drummer Antonio Sanchez’s disc is a monster: Chris Potter and the exceptional David Sanchez on tenor saxophones, Scott Colley on bass and Sanchez’s sometime-employers Chick Corea and Pat Metheny as guest stars. Put the disc into your machine, and its second cut — the ferocious double-tenor improvisation on “Did You Get It?” — convinces you it’s one of the great discs of the year. In Sanchez’s pianoless, guitarless core group are young jazz players ready to step forward and make jazz discs of enormous power, creative freedom and confidence without even a twitch of a worry about whether there’s an audience at all, much less the “right audience” (if a tree this big falls in the forest, people from all over will be attracted to the sound). It also convinces you that Sanchez, along with Jeff “Tain” Watts, is one of the great young drummers around and a full and worthy heir to the astonishing drum generation that preceded him (Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Jack De Johnette). As impressive as the individual cuts with guests Corea and Metheny are (the latter, especially, on a duet with Sanchez on Miles Davis’ “Solar”), it’s the moments of unbridled tenor madness that are not only electrifying but also completely contiguous with the kind of passionate two-tenor chases that ignited audiences 60 years ago with Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons. This is the sort of New Millennium jazz many of us have been waiting for.

24/8/2007BUFFALO NEWSJeff Simon