The Departure

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COMPOSERS: David Sanchez,Various
LABELS: Columbia
WORKS: David Sanchez
PERFORMER: David Sanchez (ts, ss); Danilo Perez (p); Peter Washington (b); Andy Gonzalez (b); Leon Parker (d); Tom Harrell (t); Milton Cardona (perc)
CATALOGUE NO: 476507 2

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Next to Joshua Redman, Sanchez is one of the most talked about young tenorists around. Introduced to Dizzy Gillespie by Brazilian trumpeter Claudio Roditi and Cuban saxophonist Paquito d’Rivera, he joined them on the front line of Gillespie’s UN Orchestra in 1991. The 26-year-old Puerto Rican’s startling debut shows he is a fast learner.

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He plays with all the spiky precision expected of a post-bopper in a hurry, but still with sensitive reserve on ballads. The agility with which he plays across Afro-Caribbean and Latin rhythms, pursued by Perez’s tart chords, is thrilling. Dizzy would have approved. Garry Booth