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Conga Caliente: La Familia/Fuerte
     

Conga Caliente: La Familia/Fuerte

by Poncho Sanchez
 
Releasing two Poncho Sanchez titles under Conga Caliente in 2002 seems like a perfect way to mark the 20th year of the percussionist's relationship with Concord Picante. Both Fuerte from 1988 and La Familia from 1989 showcase Sanchez and friends on a number of excellent compositions. Although a large group of players fills each band, an infectious

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Releasing two Poncho Sanchez titles under Conga Caliente in 2002 seems like a perfect way to mark the 20th year of the percussionist's relationship with Concord Picante. Both Fuerte from 1988 and La Familia from 1989 showcase Sanchez and friends on a number of excellent compositions. Although a large group of players fills each band, an infectious blend of flutes, pianos, and of course congas creates a light, atmospheric sound. On Fuerte, the arrangements create contagious rhythm on pieces like "Baila Mi Gente" and "Co Co My My" by carefully weaving each instrument into an intricate tapestry. On "Alafia," Kenny Goldberg's tenor propels the band forward while Sanchez and bongo player David Romero provide a steady pulse and rhythm-filled underpinning. La Familia utilizes an even larger horn section while still managing to maintain an uncrowded style. There's a fun take on Thelonious Monk's "Well You Needn't" and a raucous version of the funky, sexist "Let a Woman Be a Woman, Let a Man Be a Man." The liner notes from the original albums aren't overly detailed, but do provide a good rundown on each tune. Conga Caliente offers an hour and a half of fiery Latin music and will serve as a fine primer on Sanchez.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431212027
catalogNumber:
2120
Rank:
26148

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Performance Credits

Poncho Sanchez   Primary Artist,Percussion,Conga,Vocals
Gary Foster   Alto Saxophone
Kenny Goldberg   Flute,Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ramon Banda   Drums,Timbales,Bata
Tony Banda   Bass,Vocals
Sal Cracchiolo   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Charlie Otwell   Piano
David Romero   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Vocals
Arturo Velasco   Trombone,Vocals

Technical Credits

Phil Edwards   Remixing
Carl Jefferson   Executive Producer
Chris Long   Producer
Keith Seppanen   Engineer
Allen Sides   Engineer
Ben Andrade   Original Concept
Carl E. Jefferson   Producer

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