Alejandro Sánchez Pizarro, known artistically as Alejandro Sanz: Spanish singer and songwriter who, in addition to collaborating with major musicians (flamenco, bolero, pop), with the support of 24 Latin Grammy Awards and 4 American Grammys Has sold over 25 million records worldwide. , bolero, jazz …) from Latin America, the United States and Spain. The writer and performer of the hit “Corazón Partio” is an inescapable reference to the Hispanic songbook.
After 33 years of presence on stage, the Madrid singer-songwriter presents his nineteenth production: Sanj (Universal Music, 2021), which “surprises for its consistency, but also for its dynamism and diversity of registers”, according to Spanish music critics, after the album was released on the market last week.
Produced by Alfonso Pérez and Javier Limón, it includes a tribute to guitarist Paco de Lucía.
“I really wanted to build an album slowly and thoroughly. With a need to recapture the sensibilities of when I made my first recordings. Not thinking about commercial effects, lists and all that. ‘ , declared the spoiled son of the Moratalz neighborhood, Madrid.
Plaque without concessions in the deployment of sound that transcends pop, flamenco and Afro-Cuban in a harmonic-melodic discourse anchored in integral autonomy
Distinction: Maturity as a musician and singer in memory of his early works (live fast, 1991; if you look at me, 1993; With all, 1997; soul to air, 2000). Ten songs signed by him and performed by a group of flamenco/acoustic guitars, bass, drums, percussion, strings, piano, keyboards, saxophone, trombone. Cuban instrumentalists Horacio El Negro Hernández (drums), Jose Armando Gola (bass) and Ariel Bringuez (tenor sax) stand out.
“This album is singular for a number of reasons. A Sanz that takes air from his early years, and also goes back to flamenco roots with pop and black musical connections. It’s a display of truly astonishing musical maturity. The Sanz we all have praise, but without any concessions. They have done what they wanted to create an engaging sound canvas where the poem fits into an atmosphere of discreet purity for which we are grateful”, he expressed in an interview Cause, music producer Remberto Hojito, a flamenco expert.
Could the song “Bio” qualify as a quirky poetic confession? His musical biography and a candid tribute to the neighborhood, childhood, parents. Redundant text in images of great lyrical power. The Axiomatic Moment of the Hispanic Songbook.
Does Sanz assume the position of Cantor in moments of phrasing in various subjects? that’s how it is. He risks doing it with the sound of a flamenco guitar, most notably in the composition “La Rosa”, in which he takes a chorus from several archival guitar passages performed by Paco de Lucia himself. This is also evident in the fragment of the flamenco text “Geometria”.
- Fact: Sanz began his career in 1989 under the stage name of Alejandro Magno; In 1991 he changed his original name and released his debut album Viviendo de Risa.
In “La Rosa”, there is also an homage to Havana and Afro-Cuban music? Sanz has always communicated an apparent closeness to Afro-Cuban music with its combinations: “Corazón Partio” exemplifies this. He makes an appointment with Celia Cruz and the famous Los Van Van Orchestra. Hybrid composition with Timba Habanera, Guaguanco and Flamenco acoustics.
Was the phonogram recorded during the pandemic? The work was created during the 24 months of the pandemic. Alejandro Sanz is expected to take the stage next April to resume concerts in Colombia that could not be performed due to the pandemic; Then he hopes to make a long tour of Spain.
- Artist: Alejandro Sanzo
- Genre: Flamenco, Afro-Cuban, Pop …
- Label: Universal Music, 2021