David Sanchez David Sanchez

Latin Grammy Award winner David Sánchez is being hailed as “the most profound young tenor saxophonist working today. In a review, world- renown jazz critic Howard Reich saluted the young bandleader 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.” Such is the acclaim and respect that Sánchez has engendered from critics, music lovers and fellow artists throughout the world as he continues to push the frontiers of mainstream jazz to incorporate a compelling and rich array of Latin and Afro-Caribbean influences, while remaining true to the tenets of the jazz genre.

Born in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, Sánchez began playing percussion and drums at age 8 before migrating to tenor saxophone four years later. While a student at the prestigious La Escuela Libre de Música in San Juan, he also took up soprano and alto saxophones as well as flute and clarinet. The bomba and plena rhythms of Puerto Rico, along with Cuban and Brazilian traditions, were among the biggest influences on Sánchez's early taste in music. Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and John Coltrane had the greatest impact on his playing. “I'm just talking about tenor, now. Charlie Parker is a major influence, of course, and many, many others.”

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Albums by David Sanchez

Album Carib by David Sanchez

Carib

Ropeadope
2019

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Album Ninety Miles by David Sanchez

Ninety Miles

Concord Music Group
2011

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Album Cultural Survival by David Sanchez

Cultural Survival

Concord Music Group
2008

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Album David S by David Sanchez

David S

Columbia Records
2004

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Album Coral by David Sanchez

Coral

Columbia Records
2004

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Album Travesía by David Sanchez

Travesía

Columbia Records
2001

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