DAVID SANCHEZ – I got to know David through his work with my pianist Kenny Werner, and during that time I became a great admirer of his playing. No tenor saxophonist today is better at constructing a solo and telling a story on his horn. So I was delighted to add this Grammy-winning artist to my roster and to represent David’s own bands, including his newest project Carib. In a deeply personal journey David uses a modern Jazz context to explore the kinship between the West African drum rhythms of Yuba, Calinda, and Sika and music in Haiti, Carriacou, and his native Puerto Rico. It’s a sonic story that interweaves the colors and textures of the Caribbean, the rhythms of Africa, and the soul of Jazz. David tells this story using his core quartet of Venezuelan pianist Luis Perdomo, Puerto Rican bassist Ricky Rodriguez, and Haitian-American drummer Obed Calvaire, + Lage Lund on guitar, Markus Schwartz on percussion, and – where desired and the budget permits – conga drummer and dancer Jhan Lee Aponte. The CD was released in June and you can read more about it in the July Downbeat.