In an intimate master-class setting, Antonio Sanchez displays his extraordinary musical skills in the context of challenging songs and incredible solo segments. Performing both on his smaller traditional jazz set, and the larger kit that he uses with the Pat Metheny Group, he presents musical concepts, exercises, and suggestions for developing musicianship that apply to serious drum students of all levels. Playing selections from the Pat Metheny Group, along with compositions by Chick Corea and Antonio himself, Sanchez covers technical, musical, and philosophical points that apply to drummers of all styles. topics include: Practicing, hand technique, motivic development, left-foot clavé, playing stylistically, developing independence, finding your own voice, soloing ideas, odd-meter clavé, recording with Pat Metheny, professionalism, and the importance of having the right attitude. Antonio takes these advanced concepts and clearly explains his personal approach to each.
Berlin reached their commercial peak – and their creative low point – with "Take My Breath Away" in 1986. While it's really not a bad song, the Top Gun hit removed the group from their new romantic roots, straying into adult contemporary territory. Master Series is an enjoyable career summary that collects nearly every track from Berlin that is worth collecting. Like many American new wave groups, Berlin was a superb singles band, but their albums were somewhat inconsistent. And their earliest work is the best, especially MTV classics like "Masquerade," "Dancing in Berlin," and "The Metro." On the naughty "Sex (I'm A…)," singer Terri Nunn shocked pop radio years before Madonna with its pornographic moans and groans and racy lyrics. "The Metro" encapsulates Berlin's affection for European new wave music with its somber, swirling synthesizers and sad, cold-as-ice vocals. The spiteful "No More Words" rips away the saccharine layers of "Take My Breath Away".