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Antonio Sanchez:Making Time for the Masters

Antonio Sanchez

Sometimes you have to create time to make things happen. That certainly was then case for Antonio Sanchez’s overdue debut disc, Migration (CamJazz). He’s been a constant in-demand drummer since arriving on the scene at the tail end of the ’90s, recording and/or touring with a host of A-list musicians, among them Pat Metheny, Avishai Cohen, Danilo Perez and Luciana Souza. As his reputation for his highly responsive playing grew, securing time to focus on his own music became all the more difficult. “I wasn’t sure if I would be able to pull it off,” Sanchez says about the making of Migration. “I would set aside some time to write some music, but something would always come up. I just couldn’t get it done.”

Interestingly though, Sanchez found time to write the original material for the album during one of the busiest times of the year: the Christmas holiday. He went home to Mexico City and wrote the music during two concentrated weeks. Still, he says that the writing process took place amidst much Yuletide hustle and bustle. “It was very hard, because in December in Mexico things are crazy. Everybody is doing stuff for the holidays in the house, so it was almost a disaster, he recalls. “But I said to myself, ‘Well, it’s now or never.'”

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