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Nico Sánchez displays mastery of guitar on new album 'De Visitante'
(Published: April 16, 2011)

April 15, 2011 (Barcelona, Spain) Written by Robert Sutton. A guitarist since the age of 13, Nico Sánchez seems to have been born clutching the instrument in his hand.

That may explain his no-frills mastery of the guitar, an ice-cool confidence that gives the Nico Sánchez Quartet's latest album, De Visitante, such an intoxicating breeze. Also featuring saxophonist Miguel Fernández, bassist Juan Pablo Balcazar, and drummer Gonzalo del Val, Nico Sánchez Quartet functions as a tightly-knitted yet spontaneously combustible team.

The group is not simply a collection of musicians but a solid brotherhood of musical unity with Sánchez's soulful, stylish playing as its nucleus.

Fernández's boisterous sax awakens the quietly shuffling rhythms of the opening track, "Jetlag Waltz." From the beginning of the album it becomes obvious already that Fernández is going to occupy a key role in providing color and a pumping energy to the quartet's music. Sánchez calms his flames with layers of mellow, lovely guitar while del Val provides additional fireworks with his slamming drums. You can truly sense the chemistry between the band members here, each one contributing to the greater whole without drawing much attention upon themselves as individuals.

"Cha Cha Chaa" grooves on a percolating Latin beat that finds them in an irresistibly partying mood. Sánchez is scorching hot here, jamming on his guitar and lighting up the sky in the process; sit back and watch the sparks fly.

The Nico Sánchez Quartet excels on the slower numbers, oo. "Loneliness" is introduced with Fernández's blue-Monday sax before Sánchez quickens the tempo with sublime guitars that flow like a waterfall while "Lado" engages with a swirling, easygoing rhythm.

De Visitante is only Sánchez's second album but it feels like the product of a veteran craftsman. All those years of practice and experimenting with the guitar have only strengthened Sánchez's ability to create new worlds with it.

(To hear audio samples, visit: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/NicoSanchezQuartet1)

More Information: http://sites.google.com/site/nicosanchezweb/home

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