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Angelica Sanchez Sparkle Beings SSC1674 CD
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FormatAudio CD
Ordering NumberSSC1674
labelSunnyside Records
Release date23/09/2022

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      There are individuals in everybody’s life who stimulate the mind and imagination. If one is lucky enough, these special inspirations needn’t be historical figures. They can be friends and collaborators who can be met any day. Pianist/ composer Angelica Sanchez holds many such stimulating figures close by and on her new recording, Sparkle Beings, she showcases potent examples of inspiration being channeled through remarkable people, past or contemporary.

      Sanchez has been a stellar piano stylist and musical conceptualist in the New York scene for some time. She felt destined to get to New York even as a talented teenager from Arizona, telling the instructors and fellow students at the Ed Schuller led Sandpoint Music Camp in Idaho that she intended to move to the City. She did so the next year.

      It was at Sandpoint that Sanchez met the great drummer, Billy Hart. Though Hart was one of the first masters that she interacted with, it has taken until now for Sanchez to invite Hart to record with her. Sanchez also invited her longtime friend and collaborator, bassist Michael Formanek, to take part. The trust that Sanchez places in Hart and Formanek ensures that the music they create will be stimulating. Sanchez also turns to a handful of composers to provide vehicles for the group’s expression. For the pianist, the lives and work of composers Mary Lou Williams, Duke Ellington, Mario Ruiz Armengol, and Cecil Taylor are all connected. The perpetually under-appreciated Williams inspired and tutored Ellington and Taylor. Mexican composer Armengol tutored Ellington, who gave him the nickname “Mr. Harmony.”

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      CD 1
      • 1.Fungus Amungus07:39
      • 2.Generational Bonds11:13
      • 3.With (Exit)05:12
      • 4.Phantasmic Friend05:55
      • 5.Preludio a un Preludio04:46
      • 6.Sparkle Beings15:24
      • 7.Before Sleep/The Sleeping Lady and the Giant That Watches Over Her12:12
      • Total:01:02:21