do you know what his website is and if he is coming to Dallas?
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I saw the show in Houston and it was unbelieveable as well. The new drummer may be even better than Paul Wertico, and Wertico was terrific. He left the band due to parenthood.
The only part I didn't like was the fact that the background vocals of Richard Bona and Chong Wu were very diluted. The mix was terrible. But the music was terrific.
He was in Dallas on March 28 or 29.
I caught the Pat Matheny Group at the Santa Cruz Civic
Auditorium on March 21st and was blown-away with their
performance. Each of them is a multi-talented musician with
a high degree of mastery. Their sound is full, imaginative,
and consistently exciting. It was one of the best concerts
that I have attended - and I see an average of two live shows a week! I went out and bought their latest CD afterwards. Although it is good, it doesn't approach how
good they are in person!
Keep your ears open,
I heard them in Vancouver late last month at a sell-out concert at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre . They were nothing short of incredible - easily the best concert I've been to in a long time. The acoustics were superb in this venue - their music just rolled over the crowd in waves. My wife looked at me with a huge grin and warned me never to play that loud at home! An absolute must see, if but for Sanchez - I agree he's the best drummer I think I've ever heard.
I saw him at the Zellerbach at UC Berkeley, agree it was a wonderful show; Metheny has surrounded himself with a talented bunch of multi-instrumentalists. His compositional skills continue to amaze.
However, I also recently saw Bill Bruford's Earthworks at Yoshi's. Out of 1.5 hours, I think they spent a total of 5 minutes playing in 4/4 - the rest was spent in odd meter like 11/8 or 5,7 & 13.
What astounded me was that they guys were BLOWING in these odd meters; complex, beautiful compositions, inspired improvisation, unselfish playing, just wonderful. All to say, IMHO, Sanchez is a very talented player, but Bruford is really from another planet. Bruford is a lot less accessible but certainly not less musical.
Different head spaces, but definitely both are top shelf.