Fiesta Picante: The Latin Jazz Party Collection

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Reaching all the way back to the beginnings of Concord Picante in 1979, which was originally created for the pleasure of the late Cal Tjader, Fiesta Picante traces nearly the entire history of the label in what amounts to a greatest-hits collection with a non-stop groove. While the music constantly looks backwards, with few progressive strains, the album succeeds as a summary of Picante and as an irresistible danceathon. Disc one is mostly devoted to tracks with a cha-cha or guajira beat, while disc two is dominated by the more rambunctious mambo style. One is struck by how many of Latin jazz's surviving stars have recorded for the label, often in thorough detail. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Reaching all the way back to the beginnings of Concord Picante in 1979, which was originally created for the pleasure of the late Cal Tjader, Fiesta Picante traces nearly the entire history of the label in what amounts to a greatest-hits collection with a non-stop groove. While the music constantly looks backwards, with few progressive strains, the album succeeds as a summary of Picante and as an irresistible danceathon. Disc one is mostly devoted to tracks with a cha-cha or guajira beat, while disc two is dominated by the more rambunctious mambo style. One is struck by how many of Latin jazz's surviving stars have recorded for the label, often in thorough detail. Poncho Sanchez, the neo-classicist among them, gets five entries, including his faithful-to-the-letter re-creation of "Watermelon Man" with Mongo Santamaria guesting on congas. The indefatigable Tito Puente, his signature guajira "Oye Como Va" as catchy as ever in this live version, also gets five tracks, and Santamaria's own band is not far behind with four tracks. Ray Barretto's New World Spirit is the most enterprising of the Picante bands, trying to create fresher textures in his three entries. Tjader is represented by "Serengeti" and a remake of his biggest hit, "Soul Sauce," Pete Escovedo gets two tracks, and Jorge Dalto and Ray Vega get one each. If you ever wanted to sample the output of the Concord Picante label -- or for that matter, traditional Latin jazz as performed in the present day -- or simply keep a party jumping, this two-hour, double-CD set is for you.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/1997
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431478225
  • Catalog Number: 4782
  • Sales rank: 162,063

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hey Bud (4:20)
  2. 2 Ode to Cachao (6:33)
  3. 3 Mother Jones (5:06)
  4. 4 Leyte (5:06)
  5. 5 Watermelon Man (3:50)
  6. 6 Killer Joe (6:00)
  7. 7 Soul Sauce (Guachi Guaro) (6:07)
  8. 8 Oye Como Va (5:42)
  9. 9 On a Sunday Afternoon (4:47)
  10. 10 Day Tripper (5:24)
  11. 11 Cinderella (5:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Things to Come (5:51)
  2. 2 La Familia (4:54)
  3. 3 Cu-Bop Alert (5:10)
  4. 4 Ancestral Messages (5:54)
  5. 5 Esta Noche (4:54)
  6. 6 Serengeti (5:04)
  7. 7 Greenhouse - Ray Vega (4:57)
  8. 8 Co Co My My (5:07)
  9. 9 Descarga (3:05)
  10. 10 Work Song (6:08)
  11. 11 Manteca (6:47)
  12. 12 Lambada Timbales (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Barretto Percussion, Conga, Track Performer
Tito Puente Percussion, Timbales, Track Performer
Jorge Dalto Piano
Pete Escovedo Percussion, Timbales, Track Performer
Gary Foster Soprano Saxophone
Mark Levine Piano
Andy Narell Steel Pan
Charlie Sepulveda Flugelhorn
Rob Fisher Bass
Roger Glenn Flute
Kenny Goldberg Tenor Saxophone
Papo Vazquez Trombone
Roger Byam Tenor Saxophone
Sal Cracchiolo Trumpet
Jeff Cressman Trombone
Mitch Frohman Tenor Saxophone
Humberto "Nengue" Hernandez Bata Drums
Adam Kolker Tenor Saxophone
Vince Lateano Timbales
Jose Mangual Bongos
Nicky Marrero Timbales, Guiro
Hector Martignon Piano
Scott Martin Alto Saxophone
Charlie Otwell Piano
Bobby Porcelli Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Mario Rivera Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Rodriguez Bass
Piro Rodriguez Trumpet
Poncho Sanchez Percussion, Conga, Track Performer
Mongo SantamarĂ­a Conga, Track Performer
Cal Tjader Vibes, Track Performer
Mike Turre Baritone Saxophone
Carlos "Patato" Valdes Conga
Arturo Velasco Trombone
Wayne Wallace Trombone
Artie Webb Flute
Jorge Dalto & The Interamerican Band Track Performer
Jay Rodriguez Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Ray Vega Trumpet, Track Performer
Johnny Almendra Timbales
John Di Martino Piano
Gene Burket Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Ray Barretto Producer
Tito Puente Producer
Pete Escovedo Producer
Allen Farnham Producer
John Burk Producer, Executive Producer
Humberto "Nengue" Hernandez Contributor
George Horn Mastering
Carl Jefferson Producer
Nick Phillips Producer
Kent Judkins Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    CINDERELLA

    I have looked everywhere for the song 'Cinderella' featured on this CD, and couldn't find it any where; out of desperation I checked B&N and I found it. Who knew I would find an old Latin classic at Barnes & Noble! The best part is that the entire CD is wonderful, just awesome. Barnes & Noble you 'Rock.' If you love old Latin Classics get this CD, you'll be in for a nice surprise; it'll be a great stocking stuffer.
    Happy Holidays

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This collection contains many songs, showing the variety of latin jazz. Some have become hits, e.g., Oye Como Va, for Santana, as done by Tito Puente, gives a different, yet lively version Watermelon Man, a hit for Herbie Hancock, is also presented in a nice version. A mix of live and studio tracks make this a swinging collection for dancing (if you've got the moves) or just listening. VIVA LA FIESTA!

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