Sanchis - Less Is More
of Hammond B3 should be aware of a new name: Mauri Sanchis. Mauri, a
self-taught organist, is living in Alcoy, a small town between
Alicante and Valencia in the East Coast of Spain. He soon found
contact to leading artists as Gary Hamilton ("You ain't got to be
black to play the Blues"), Graham Foster ("To say Mauri
Sanchis is as to say soul and feeling") or the legendary Lonnie
Smith ("Mauri Sanchis has a gift, something that can never be
taught or learned, his music comes from his Soul. His destiny is
joined to music, not for himself, but for the joy of the rest of the
In 2003 Mauri Sanchis
has released his debut album "Less Is More". The
CD is produced by Ximo Tébar, the most important Spanish Jazz
Guitarist and it features some of the greatest Spanish Blues &
Jazz musicians such as Javier Vargas, Graham Foster or Pedro Ruy Blas.
Mauri's album is smooth jazz at its best. The problem: smooth jazz is
rather unknown in Spain. So some of the Spanish critics consider his
music as acid jazz, pop jazz, fusion and what else. One thing is
certain: Mauri Sanchis has a high potential and after listening to his
album I can affirm, that he is one of the greatest smooth jazz
is featuring the outstanding scat-singer Pedro
Ruy Blas, the Spanish Al Jarreau. Pedro is an actor, singer,
composer, and drummer. The tune is well-arranged, it has structure and
development. An increasing tension is hooking the listener.
Is More, a funky track, has roots in the 70's and sounds similar
to James Taylor's organ retro music. Mauri plays besides the leading
melody a second overhead melody, which gives the tune a pushing
Antonia Mesa's flute is
the highlight on The Ticket Collector.
Graham Foster's guitar sets further peaks.
rhythm is Ice Cold. Ester Andujar is
singing that "Zappab-Bah-Ya-Dui". It's a real pleasure to
listen to Mauri pulling all orgs of his Hammond.
is going into a slamming rock with Pocket Groove.
A real track for head boppers.
Bass and rhythm are the frames
on the midtempo Slap-The-Blues. Jesus
Gabaldon plays the slap bass. He is one of the most known bassists
One of my favorites is Dream.
Juan Mungia's trumpet and Mauri's Hammond B3 are celestial.
Tune is dedicated to Dr. Lonnie Smith, Mauri's mentor. A fresh
rhythm emphatic tune with a hooking power.
greatest hit Ain't No Sunshine is revived
by Mauri as final track. Mauri reveals his rough voice. A professional
cover version in modern format.
Especially for friends of the
Hammond B3 Mauri offers a broad variety of best performed tunes. This
album is highly recommendable.