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Album Review

Conga player Poncho Sanchez has been one of the leaders in Latin jazz for a decade. This outstanding studio recording delivers the excitement with the addition of special guest Mongo Santamaria on "Watermelon Man" and several originals. Great solos by trumpeter Stan "Be Bop" Martin and baritone saxophonist Scott Martin add spice to the lively percussion of Sanchez and his group.

Customer Reviews

The Consumat Congero

Pancho Sanchez and his ver tight ensamble shine on this smooth, hip and always very harmonic mix of balads, dance tunes and perfect groove background tracks. For those beginning their Pancho collection, this 1996 album is a great way to start.

Almost Pure Latin

Pancho Sanchez has quickly become one of my favorites - not only great music but also extremely well executed recordings. I have also had the pleasure of seeing him and his group in a very small club and they are even more fun in person than recorded! This album is almost "pure latin", with Watermelon Man being the obvious Sanchez take on a jazz classic. If you are looking for latin jazz, this is a good one to add to your collection. Side note: I have also purchased this as a "dual CD/SACD" disk, and this is a great example of the fidelity of SACD technology.

The best !!!

Wow temas classic , para todos por venir !!! DISFRUTENLO '


Born: October 30, 1951 in Laredo, TX

Genre: Latin Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The imaginative rhythms of Poncho Sanchez have made him one of the most influential conga players and percussionists in Afro-Cuban jazz. In addition to recording as a soloist, Sanchez has been featured on albums by the Jazz Crusaders, Eddie Harris, Freddie Hubbard, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Dianne Reeves, Joey DeFrancesco, and Terence Blanchard. Becoming a member of vibraphonist Caj Tjader's Band in 1975, Sanchez remained with the group until Tjader's death on May 5, 1982. By then, he had already...
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