Chip Deffaa
August 11, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Melaza

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
David Sanchez
genre
Jazz

We gave it a B+

On Melaza, 31-year-old saxist David Sánchez projects the impassioned romanticism of youth and the reflectiveness of a mature artist. A standout among his generation, Sánchez draws from both folkloric traditions of his native Puerto Rico and straight-ahead jazz. But coproducer Branford Marsalis has him overdoing up-tempo tunes; it’s a relief when he gets to relax on the rapturous, perfectly realized closer, ”Veja Esta Cancão.” B+

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