What, besides music, transcends geopolitical divides so gracefully? What else unites people of different nationalities, political persuasions and religious creeds in common celebration just quite as harmoniously? Religions may have captured the hearts and minds of the majority of the planet's people, but remain bastions of ultra-conservatism and mistrust, despite all the rhetoric to the contrary. Sport too, may mobilize greater numbers of people than music, but all too often descends into ugly tribalism. The hippy generation may have got it wrong when they thought that music would change the worldthough it has
had its momentsbut music has certainly made it an infinitely more bearable place to live. The poet Percy Shelly came as close as anyone ever has in defining the unifying nature of music when he said: Are we not formed, as notes of music are, for one another, though dissimilar?"Ninety Miles
(Concord, 2011) provides scintillating proof of music's ability to breach even the most stubbornly durable of dividesthat separating Cuba and the United Statesand find common ground. The protagonists, tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, vibraphonist Stefon Harris
, trumpeter Christian Scott
and the respective quartets of Cuban pianists Rember Duharte and Harold López -Nussa harnessed their respective roots and individual voices in five intense days in Havana in May, 2010 and produced a work of great power and beauty. But the project nearly didn't make it off the ground; it was a difficult birth, a difficult labor, you could say, which lasted more than a year.Ian Patterson
spoke with Sánchez about the germination and ultimate recording of Ninety Miles
, its not insurmountable challenges, and hopes to take it on the road towards the end of this year, and into 2012. Read Ian's in-depth interview, David Sanchez: Ninety-Mile Bridge
, published today at All About Jazz.
But that's not all. To celebrate the release of Ninety Miles
earlier this summer, All About Jazz is featuring additional coverage:
- Read Ian's insightful CD review of Ninety Miles,also published today;
- Watch a sneak peek of Ninety Miles: The Documentary, a feature length film about the making of the album, today's Video of the Day.
All About Jazz is committed to bringing you the most extensive coverage anywhere, so be sure to check out all the buzz surrounding David Sánchez and Ninety Miles, today at All About Jazz!