After an extended hiatus from the New York scene, David Sanchez appeared at the Jazz Standard (6/6 to 6/9), where he celebrated the release of CARIB (Ropeadope/Stretch Music).
CARIB is a continuation of the river that began with The Departure (1994) and Melaza (2000), where he drew primarily from the traditional music of Puerto Rico (Bomba). CARIB features original compositions inspired by the music of Puerto Rico and Haiti, whose music and history share striking similarities. Also, it pays tribute to the Afro-descendant communities that shaped his music.
Also, it is a heartfelt tribute to his father, Dimas, who transitioned last year. And his late wife, Karla who insisted that he visit Haiti and experience the music and culture first hand. “I feel like this recording wouldn’t have been possible without her wisdom, sensibility, and love,” writes David in the album’s liner notes.
David was joined by Ed Simon (who ably sat in for Luis Perdomo) and in the studio by the guitarist Lage Lund; bassist Ricky Rodriguez; drummer Obed Calvaire; the Puerto Rican percussionist Jhan Lee Aponte and Markus Schwartz on Haitian percussion, who interpreted David’s vision and his compositions beautifully.
Tunes such as CANTO, FERNANDO’s THEME, and IWA (Contemplation; Going Back Home) were sorrowful yet hopeful. Others, such as MADRIGA and LAND OF THE HILLS were more festive and celebratory.
What I found most striking was the evolution of David’s sound. As the journalist, Chris May (All About Jazz) writes, “David has a lot to say, and he solos vigorously, richly and at length. But while he is generally tagged as a ‘muscular musician,’ he has a delicate side to him too.”
Also, his growth as a composer, which I’m sure has something to do with his involvement with the SF Jazz Collective, recognized for its stellar musicians, groundbreaking compositions and innovative interpretations and his experiences as an educator.
The performance at the Jazz Standard was impressive. Also, it was a “comeback” of sorts, a triumphant return to the city where David once lived and worked as an aspiring artist. On a larger scale, Carib is a triumph over loss and a story that will touch the listener’s soul.
CARIB is part of a new series of recordings that aims to explore and pay tribute to the Afro-descendent musical traditions throughout the Americas.
David Sanchez Bio: http://www.davidsanchezmusic.com
(Jazz with Afro- Puerto Rican and/or Afro-Haitian Influences)
• David Sanchez – Melaza (2000)
• Paul Austerlitz – The Vodou Horn, Askavie Meets Austerlitz (2019)
• Markus Schwartz – Tambou Nan Lakou Brooklyn (Independent, 2009)
• Mozayik (Mozayik, 2007)
• William Cepeda – My Roots and Beyond (Lightyear, 2007)