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Antonio Sanchez's soaring beat takes flight in 'Birdman'
Antonio Sanchez's soaring beat takes flight in 'Birdman'

As a musician used to working on the fringes of popular culture, Antonio Sanchez never anticipated that his skills as an improvisational jazz drummer would lead to Hollywood. Then director Alejandro González Iñárritu came along. Now Sanchez is winning awards and Iñárritu's "Birdman" boasts a groundbreaking soundtrack powered almost entirely by raw, naked drum solos. Hissing snares and chaotic bursts of percussion accompany a faded film star's (played by Michael Keaton) descent into madness. As his actions become more unpredictable and chaotic, so does the score, taking the audience for a wild and gripping ride. "Often music is...

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