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David Sanchez: Coral

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If this record had ended after the first track, I would have felt comfortable calling it the schmaltziest so-called jazz recording yet to hit the market this millennium. As it happens, the saccharine content lowers somewhat as the album went on. By the fourth cut-the title track, based on a composition by Heitor Villa-Lobos-I actually found things to like. The problem? Strings, baby, strings.

Tenor saxophonist Sanchez collaborates here with the arranger Carlos Franzetti and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra on a set of “classical” works by the Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera and the Brazilians Villa-Lobos and Antonio Carlos Jobim. The result, as nearly always happens when someone tries to genetically engineer a new strain of jazzical, is at best a confection, at worst Percy Faith redux. Jobim is victimized on the aforementioned first cut; Franzetti renders his “Eu Sei Que Vou te Amar” into something that even my late grandmother, a Johnny Mathis fan, would have found cloying.

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