By SDCN Staff
Four-time Grammy Award-winning drummer Antonio Sánchez released his groundbreaking new album, “SHIFT (Bad Hombre Vol. II)” this week.
To celebrate, Sanchez shares a new video for the song “Eh Hee 2.0,” a collaboration with Dave Matthews and Pat Metheny.
Arriving via Arts Music, a Division of Warner Music, “SHIFT (Bad Hombre Vol. II)” sees Sánchez joining forces with a diverse range of collaborators – Dave Matthews, Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross, Ana Tijoux, Kimbra, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Meshell Ndegeocello, Silvana Estrada, Lila Downs, Becca Stevens, Thana Alexa, SONICA, and Pat Metheny – for a riveting, eclectic journey uniting musical voices and perspectives from around the world. The project first began with the internationally acclaimed Mexico City-born Sánchez approaching some of his favorite artists for songs he could deconstruct and reimagine via his “Bad Hombre” alter-ego. The pandemic made remote collaborations easier to facilitate and also afforded him additional time to explore ideas and expand his role as a producer and performer. With his “Bad Hombre” persona playing virtually all instruments (including guitar, bass, mandolin, oud, and more), Sánchez infused his compositional, production, and percussion talents to “shift” the songs while leaving their essence intact. While 2017’s Grammy Award-nominated “Bad Hombre” marked perhaps the most overtly political work of Sánchez’s award-winning career, “SHIFT (Bad Hombre Vol. II)” places its focus on breaking through creative walls to conquer new sonic territory.
The album was first heralded this spring by the new original song “I Think We’re Past That Now,” featuring two-time Academy Award-winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The album also includes the single, “Mi Palabra,” featuring multiple Grammy Award-nominated and Latin Grammy Award-winning Chilean-French singer-songwriter-MC Ana Tijoux, and “Suspended Animation” featuring two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Kimbra.
Born in Mexico City, Antonio Sánchez began playing drums at age five and performed professionally in Mexico’s rock, jazz, and Latin scenes in his early teens while also being a gymnast on Mexico’s Junior National Team. He pursued a degree in classical piano at Mexico’s National Conservatory before traveling to Boston in 1993 to further his studies at Berklee College of Music. After he graduated magna cum laude, Sánchez obtained a scholarship for a master’s degree in jazz improvisation at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music.
While at the Conservatory, Sánchez’s teacher, the great Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez, recommended him to Paquito D’Rivera for the drum chair in Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra. Perez later invited Sánchez to join his acoustic trio, followed by extensive touring and recording. From there, Sánchez joined legendary guitarist Pat Metheny for decades of touring and recording. Sánchez made his debut as a leader with 2007’s Migration. In 2014, his soundtrack for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Academy Award-winning “Birdman” proved a milestone achievement, earning him a Grammy Award for “Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media.”
“Antonio is an exceptional musician in addition to being an unbelievable drummer,” says Grammy Award-winner Pat Metheny. “He has a wide view of music and how it functions which informs every note he plays. I honestly never thought that a musician like him would ever be born. He’s a dream…one of the greatest musicians I have ever seen.”
“SHIFT (Bad Hombre Vol. II)” tracklist:
Opening feat. Ignacio López Tarso
Eh Hee 2.0 feat. Dave Matthews and Pat Metheny
Mi Palabra feat. Ana Tijoux
The Bucket feat. Becca Stevens
I Think We’re Past That Now feat. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
Alambari feat. MARO
Doyenne feat. SONICA
Risa de Mujer feat. Lila Downs
Trapped (Red Room) feat. Thana Alexa
Comet, Come to Me feat. Meshell Ndegeocello
Waiting feat. Antonio Sánchez
Risa de Mujer (Interlude) feat. Lila Downs
El Agua y la Miel feat. Silvana Estrada
Suspended Animation feat. Kimbra
M-Power feat. Rodrigo y Gabriela
Closing feat. Ignacio López Tarso
All tracks are produced by Sánchez.