Afro-Cuban Fantasy (Cabildo)

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/1998
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431484721
  • Catalog Number: 4847
  • Sales rank: 94,193

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ritmo Remo (6:03)
  2. 2 Morning (5:53)
  3. 3 Subway Harry (4:40)
  4. 4 Guapacha (5:56)
  5. 5 Darn That Dream (4:29)
  6. 6 Sambroso (4:40)
  7. 7 Willow Weep for Me (6:14)
  8. 8 Afro-Cuban Fantasy (6:51)
  9. 9 Ven Pa Bailar (4:45)
  10. 10 Close Your Eyes (6:14)
  11. 11 I Remember Spring (4:59)
  12. 12 Playboy's Theme (5:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Poncho Sanchez Primary Artist, 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
Alan Yoshida Mastering
Max Salazar Liner Notes
Viredo Artwork
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