Albert SanzAlbert (* 1978 in Valencia) was, from an early age, surrounded by his father's classical music and Mamen's varied repertoire of songs. From coplas to bossa nova, to Cuban boleros, tangos, Italian, French songs, and jazz standards. Entering adolescence Albert begins to learn songs with the guitar and electric bass until he decides to study classical piano at the Conservatorio de Valencia. Shortly after, his father takes him to a Tete Montoliu concert where, without realizing it, he will fall in love forever with the spirit of this music.
In a short time Albert begins to imitate what he hears and begins to play with other musicians in Valencia, combining the conservatory with studies at the Barcelona Music Workshop, concerts and all possible jams. At the age of 18 he was selected to represent Spain in the European Youth Jazz Orchestra (EJYO), traveling for three weeks throughout Europe and recording the first EJYO record.
In 1998 Albert recorded his first album ("Des D'aquí") as co-leader with the Catalan bassist David Mengual. A year later, Albert received the SGAE Award for the Jazz Revelation Artist and another award for Revelation Artist by Turia magazine.
After offering him a full scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Albert moved to Boston in 2000 where he played with Robert Stillman, Chris Van Voorst, Kendrick Scott, and also with David Doruzka, Jason Palmer, Walter Smith, Lage Lund, Lionel Loueke, Javier Vercher or Ferenc Nemeth among others.
After graduating Cum Laude at Berklee, Albert moved to New York in 2002 where he immersed himself in the scene, playing with the groups of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Cheek, Joe Martin and debuting as a leader and composer at the Jazz Gallery with a group. in which Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard and Chris Cheek stand out. In 2004 the IVM of Valencia commissioned Albert to record an album and compose all the material with the subsequent edition of "El fabulador".
Later, Albert moved back to Spain, where he was offered a position as jazz teacher at the Musikene del País Vasco and later in the jazz department at the Conservatorio Superior de Valencia. He collaborates in the bands and in the recordings of the Flamenco big band of Perico Sambeat, the trio and quintet of Jordi Rossy (as Hammond organist), Jordi Matas and Carme Canela (as organist as well), and the famous project Silvia Pérez Cruz and Javier Colina.
In 2011 Albert took a step forward producing the album "O que sera" in New York, an album with a stellar trio made up of the great drummer Al Foster (Miles Davis) and the double bass player Javier Colina (Bebo Valdés). In 2012 he had the opportunity to travel with this great trio playing at the main festivals in Spain.
In 2014 his last important collaborations are mostly duets. Currently, he is focusing more than ever on songwriting and projectsprojects for bigbands.
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Fresh Sound New Talent FSNT 309
Jordi Rossy, piano
Enrique Oliver, tenor sax
Félix Rossy, trumpet
Albert Sanz, Hammond organ
R.J Miller, drums
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