David Sánchez colors his music with a “Latin tinge”
May 18, 2008
When Jelly Roll Morton, who played a pivotal role in inventing how to play jazz piano, spoke of using a “Latin tinge,” he was referring to a certain rhythmic pattern called the habanera, that crept into his style. Eighty or so years later, we can speak of the Latin tinge in more metaphorical terms, since “Latin” music has become so intertwined with jazz and other American pop music. Sometimes it’s not even the most dominant aspect of a recording artist’s trajectory.
Take David Sánchez, jazz saxophonist from Puerto Rico, whose new album, “Cultural Survival” (Concord Picante) has just been released.