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Album Review

Although instrumental Latin jazz is Poncho Sanchez's forte, the L.A. percussionist usually included one or two salsa tunes with vocals on his Concord albums of the 1980s and 1990s. Focusing primarily on Sanchez's salsa recordings, this excellent 1996 compilation spans 1982-1995 and draws on eight of his Concord albums. Sanchez is best known for his work as a percussionist, but the fact that he's far from a bad singer is evident on his infectious original "Baila Mi Gente" and versions of Eddie Palmieri's "Cuidate Compai" and the classic "Co Co My My." One of the disc's best-known tracks is "Sonando," a catchy cha-cha based on Ray Barretto's major hit "Cocinando." The exuberant "Este Son" would have been a better choice than "Soul Sauce" — not because Sanchez's Cal Tjader-influenced take on that Dizzy Gillespie/Chano Pozo classic isn't enjoyable, but because "Este Son" is a better example of outright salsa. But despite that shortcoming, this is a highly rewarding CD that makes us wish Sanchez recorded salsa (as opposed to Latin jazz) a lot more.

Customer Reviews

Great band, sweet tunes

Poncho and company play so great together! His band is definitely of the Mongo Santamaria ilk--grooving, tight group vocals. This is a salsa record that musicians and non-musicians alike can enjoy--there's plenty of interesting musical stuff happening to hold one's interest but the main thing is the groove. Baila!

Poncho Sanchez

If you you like salsa swing and a Tremendous sounding band, this is it.
Palante Poncho Sanchez!

Awesome Music! Don't pass this one up!

I heard this in 1999. When I was only 19, and was into Gangster Rap and Punk Rock! But something about this music was so moving that I could not resist to buy this CD. And 11 years later I still get that same feeling about this CD as I did when I was a kid! Long after the gangster rap & and punk of that time has faded!


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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