Poncho Sanchez Latin Soul (Live)
CMJ: "...recorded live before an appreciative audience - once you get an earful, you'll probably be dancing..."
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- Released: November 29, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Concord Records
CMJ - 12/20/99, p.28"...recorded live before an appreciative audience - once you get an earful, you'll probably be dancing..."
JazzTimes - 8/00, pp.114-5"...An inevitable and engaging package....It's a greatest hits package, with tunes carefully plucked from the vast catalogue....It's also party time...cooking up a lean, clean energy from the collective, salsa-fueled machinery..."
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Personnel: Poncho Sanchez (vocals, congas, timbales, percussion); Scott Martin (alto, tenor & baritone saxophones, flute); Mike Whitman (baritone saxophone); Sal Cracchiolo (trumpet, flugelhorn); Francisco Torres (trombone); David Torres (piano); Tony Banda (bass, shekere, background vocals); Ramon Banda (timbales, shekere).
Producers: John Burk, Poncho Sanchez, David Torres.
Recorded live at The Conga Room, Los Angeles, California; Yoshi's Nightspot, Oakland, California between April and July 1999. Includes liner notes by Remo D. Belli & Edward James Olmos.
LATIN SOUL won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Performance.
LATIN SOUL won the 2001 Billboard Latin Award for Latin Jazz Album of the Year.
Pancho Sanchez strides onto the stage with the same kind of confidence as band leaders like Juan Formell (Van Van, Cuba,) but Pancho is older, wiser and more philosophical than many of his Latin counterparts. This album consists of live recordings taken from several venues, and it makes you wonder just why so many other groups have had to revert to studio sessions to polish up their sound. Not Pancho. Spectacular conga and brass lines converge on the explosive opener, "El Conguero." This awesome intro is followed by a mean and clean combination of solo and chorus acts by the various metallic members of the band. Down the line, one is reminded of Carlos Santana when Pancho pays tribute to the great Mongo Santamaria in his version of Mongo's all-powerful "Besame Mama." And just when you think that he can't possibly do any better, Pancho drums up an explosive "Mama Guela." In a choral maneuver, the Conguero of Congueros transforms the title return from "Mama" into "Pancho," and the exchange could not be more fitting; pretenders to the throne, you have been warned: this album is truly the stuff of kings.