Saxophonist David Sanchez led his group at the Theatre Jean Duceppe. He said he was happy to be with us, the band had had a rough airport day, it had not been fun. (They left Montreal right away on Sunday morning. We journalistes get to stay for several nights; the musicians don't.) But thanks to their persistence, this concert was even more than met the eye.<!--more-->
David sometimes arches his back when he plays, delivering every note with a little thrust. His dynamics and declamatory style make the impression that he's saying something for the one and only time.
The opening sequence was "City Sunrise," "The Forgotten Ones" for New Orleans after Katrina, and "Cultural Survival," the title of Sanchez's most recent album. After that a ballad introduced more harmony with beautiful resolutions (and got even more applause), and there was solo space for bass and drums (wonderful cymbals throughout).
In introducing the group, David commented that sound is everything to him; each player has a beautiful one. Lage Lund is the guitarist, Orlando LaFleming on bass, EJ Strickland on drums. BTW the pure white lighting - from the floor or above, in shafts or hazy - goes with the purity of the sound. The lighting of performances at this festival is a story in itself.
I left before the first encore to try to see Alex Cuba, the Cuban-Canadian vocalist and a new arrival. However, his set was long finished.
In the meantime, my colleagues Michael, Josh and David were all at l'Astral for Ibrahim Maalouf, the Lebanese trumpeter. They loved him, and I had a ticket for Maalouf that I could not use. And this morning a broadcaster from KKJZ in Los Angeles, here in Montreal, said Alex Cuba was fantastic. Montreal is full of conundrums like this.
We're presenting Grammy-winning saxophonist David Sanchez and his quartet at the Village Vanguard tonight at 9pm.
Be sure to join us - on the air, online, or on the intertube.
I talked to Sanchez yesterday, just as he was arriving to his hotel room.
Listen to the interview:
Then I grabbed his iPod and set it to Shuffle. Hear the mix:
On Tuesday, March 17th at 9pm, WBGO and NPR Music are presenting saxophonist David Sanchez for our next installment of Live at the Village Vanguard. Since it's so rare to see a jazz musician get wide exposure, I thought I'd share this installment of City Stories, a series of ads for Banana Republic. My favorite part? David recommends a visit to the Village Vanguard as one of the must-do jazz experiences in New York. Hope you'll join us on March 17th.
Next week, Cedar Walton's trio wraps up our 2008 concert series from the Village Vanguard. Don't worry, there's more to come:
The series kicks off 2009 with a performance from guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel on January 7, which will be available for download as a podcast. Grammy© winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard brings his quintet to the Vanguard in February along with special guests, and Grammy© nominated saxophonist David Sanchez follows in March with his quartet performing material from Sanchez's recent recording, Cultural Survival. In April, trumpeter and composer Tom Harrell and his quintet will play music from an upcoming release, Prana's Dance.
Live at the Village Vanguard Schedule
Wednesday, December 17 - Cedar Walton Trio
Wednesday, January 7 - Kurt Rosenwinkel Group
Wednesday, February 18 - Terence Blanchard Quintet
Wednesday, March 18 - David Sanchez Quartet
Wednesday, April 8 - Tom Harrell Quintet