Grammy-winning drummer Antonio Sanchez talks about making ‘Bad Hombre Vol. II’: NPR

Antonio Sanchez, at The Nearness Of You Benefit Concert at Lincoln Center on January 20, 2015 in New York City.

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Antonio Sanchez, at The Nearness Of You Benefit Concert at Lincoln Center on January 20, 2015 in New York City.

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Drummer Antonio Sanchez has an alter ego, born out of something Donald Trump said in 2016. As Sanchez recalls in an interview with All things Considered“The sentence was: ‘We have bad men here and we have to get them out.’ “

At first, Sanchez just needed an outlet for the anxiety of this political moment – luckily, playing the drums did the trick just fine. But that percussive therapy later turned into an album, to twist Trump’s pejorative “into something positive,” he explains of the first volume of his bad man project, released in 2017.

“I started to realize that I had all this power there in my studio and I could do things like I was a mad scientist in my lab. And it was so liberating that of course I wanted to keep making music that way – and that’s how it is Gap was born.”

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Gap is the name of a new Sanchez album released last Friday with the subtitle Bad Man Vol. II. This time, Sanchez – a Grammy-winning jazz drummer behind the acclaimed film’s score birdman – — contacted artists from other genres to reinvent their work. This effort was a resounding success, ending with Signal with guest tours from fellow Grammy winners Trent Reznor, Dave Matthews, Meshell Ndegeocello, Kimbra, Lila Downs and Rodrigo y Gabriela, among many others.

“I’m the least famous person on the whole record,” Sanchez laughs. It’s a list that also includes his own 97-year-old grandfather, famed actor Ignacio López Tarso, who he asked to be the album’s emcee.

“It’s amazing for me to have my grandfather’s voice at the beginning and end, thanking everyone for being there.”

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