Afro-Cuban Fantasy (Cabildo)

Afro-Cuban Fantasy (Cabildo)

by Poncho Sanchez
     
 
Our resident Latin jazz classicist comes up with a good concept -- evoking the memories of non-Latino Afro-Cuban music pioneers Stan Kenton, Shorty Rogers and Cal Tjader -- and better still, delivers great music unfettered by any hint of routine. The Sanchez octet does so by simply being itself, without

Overview

Our resident Latin jazz classicist comes up with a good concept -- evoking the memories of non-Latino Afro-Cuban music pioneers Stan Kenton, Shorty Rogers and Cal Tjader -- and better still, delivers great music unfettered by any hint of routine. The Sanchez octet does so by simply being itself, without trying to imitate its subjects (if anything, the sound leans closest to Poncho's mentor Tjader, but not too close), getting off on material that they clearly relish. The program is a mix of tunes associated with these artists and some often first-rate originals by Poncho and his pianist David Torres. Torres' romping guajira "Subway Harry" (complete with very realistic sound effects) is especially good; even better is his beautifully harmonized "Afro-Cuban Fantasy." Guest vocalist Dianne Reeves does affecting work on "Morning," "Darn That Dream," and "I Remember Spring," and trumpeter/flugelhornist Sal Chacchiolo, trombonist Francisco Torres, and reedman Scott Martin have several nice solo moments -- as does, of course, Poncho the conguero.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/29/1998
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431484721
catalogNumber:
4847
Rank:
64673

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Poncho Sanchez   Primary Artist,Percussion,Conga,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ramon Banda   Drums,Timbales
Tony Banda   Bass,Background Vocals
Sal Cracchiolo   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Scott Martin   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dianne Reeves   Vocals
David Torres   Piano
Francisco Torres   Trombone,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

John Burk   Producer
Bernie Kirsh   Engineer
Poncho Sanchez   Arranger
David Torres   Arranger
Max Salazar   Liner Notes
Viredo   Artwork

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