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Antonio Sánchez: Channels of Energy (CamJazz)

Review of the drummer's collaboration with Vince Mendoza and the WDR Big Band

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Cover of Antonio Sánchez album Channels of Energy
Cover of Antonio Sánchez album Channels of Energy

Antonio Sánchez calls his large Yamaha drum set “The Purple Monster.” Isn’t it fitting that a beast of a musician plays a monster of an instrument?

For the past 15 years with Pat Metheny and throughout his own ever-growing body of work, Sánchez has proven himself a wizard of the drum set, a dedicated musician and innovative artist who puts as much hard work into a brushed ballad with Metheny as he does a marathon, drums-only soundtrack (Birdman). While his strengths as a composer can be heard with his group Migration, this 2016 recording with the WDR Big Band, arranged and conducted by Vince Mendoza, provides the widest window yet into Sánchez’s art.

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