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    Birdman (Sanchez, Antonio) – “Birdman” – [Milan Records]

    I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that the best actor in
    Innaritu’s “Birdman” was the drummer, he stole many a scene
    (snaring them one might say). Listening to Antonio Sanchez’s
    work here reminds me of the old Bernard Purdie release,
    although I think Purdie had a little longer to stretch.
    The first “Get Ready” piece here cuts off abruptly after
    91 seconds and starts informally, likely trying to emphasize
    how great Sanchez is off the cuff. “Just Chatting” a mere
    37 seconds feels like a whole song, your imagination starts
    to bring in horns and a bassline just as it vanishes.
    “Strut Part 1” brings back images of sexist cartoon
    boom-chicka chicks walking. Other times Sanchez nails a
    kind of crime-about-to-happen 70’s cop show feel. He really
    made the film crackle and while this CD is not quite as
    striking, there’s still plenty here to work with on the
    radio. And it all leads up to “The Anxious Battle for
    Sanity” which is maybe sliced from “Get Ready” those two
    both have a faint underlying string drone that adds to the
    edginess. Also it may foreshadow the lyrical, dramatic
    classical pieces that close this release. Not sure how
    useful these are for our KFJC vibe, but Mahler moves from
    flight to staggering self-doubt as well as Keaton did.
    #18 leaps like a ballet, #19 (Mahler again with Violeta
    Urmana singing) breaks like the dawn. These are pieces that
    strike a familiar chord and gave nice weight in the film,
    contrasting nicely with the more impulsive percussion
    from Sanchez which I prefer.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on June 21, 2015 at 12:03 am
  • Filed as CD,Soundtrack
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