Alt.Latino Guest DJ Antonio Sanchez: Jazz Drummer, Musical Activist : Alt.Latino The jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez is much more than that job title suggests — his new album Bad Hombre addresses current events instrumentally.
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Alt.Latino Guest DJ Antonio Sanchez: Jazz Drummer, Musical Activist

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Alt.Latino Guest DJ Antonio Sanchez: Jazz Drummer, Musical Activist

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The jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez is much more than that job title suggests. With over 15 years playing for guitarist Pat Metheny and a handful of albums under his own name, Sanchez certainly fits the role of jazz cat.

Listen closely to his playing, though, and you'll be hearing the expansion of percussion's role in music; a sonic, and melodic, experience that defies categories. This talent is maybe best expressed within the work Sanchez put into the soundtrack for Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu's 2014 film Birdman, which he composed entirely of drum improvisations that exquisitely mirror the intense emotions of the film.

His new record, Bad Hombre, is an exploration of the interplay between his drum set and electronics and, as the title suggests, a personal statement on the current U.S. president's controversial statements during the campaign about Mexico and Mexicans.

How does Sanchez take on what he perceived as national and personal slights with instrumental music?

Listen to this week's show for the fascinating answer and hear what it took to become a jazz fan and musician in the land of mariachi and Rock en Español.

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Alt.Latino Guest DJ Antonio Sanchez: Jazz Drummer, Musical Activist

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Home by Antonio Sanchez

  • Song: Home
  • from Bad Hombre
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Good Times Bad Times by Led Zeppelin

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  • from Complete Studio Recordings
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Swan Song
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1993

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So What (Live) by Miles Davis Quintet

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Mobile Fidelity
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1966

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Fire Trail by Antonio Sanchez

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Momentum by Antonio Sanchez

  • Song: Momentum
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Bad Hombre Intro by Antonio Sanchez

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YYZ by Rush

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Feva
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Lung by Hiatus Kaiyote

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) by The Beatles

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