Keeper of the Flame

Keeper of the Flame

by Poncho Sanchez
     
 
Released in 2001, Keeper of the Flame isn't a compilation, an anthology, or a best-of. Instead, this package finds Concord reissuing Poncho Sanchez' first two Picante dates, 1982's Sonando and 1983's Bien Sabroso, as a two-CD set. Those albums weren't Sanchez' first ones ever -- before signing with Concord, the conguero recorded two LPs for

Overview

Released in 2001, Keeper of the Flame isn't a compilation, an anthology, or a best-of. Instead, this package finds Concord reissuing Poncho Sanchez' first two Picante dates, 1982's Sonando and 1983's Bien Sabroso, as a two-CD set. Those albums weren't Sanchez' first ones ever -- before signing with Concord, the conguero recorded two LPs for Discovery in 1979 and 1980, respectively. Neither Sonando nor Bien Sabroso ever went out of print, and those who already have those albums on CD have no reason to acquire Keeper of the Flame. However, this double-CD is well worth obtaining if you don't have those albums on CD. Back in 1982-1983, Sonando and Bien Sabroso set the tone for Sanchez' Concord output -- like his subsequent albums, both are dominated by instrumental Latin jazz but contains a few salsa vocal numbers as well. The noteworthy salsa tracks on Keeper of the Flame include the spirited "Este Son" (featuring vocalist Jose Perico Hernandez) and the infectious cha cha "Sonando," which is based on Ray Barretto's "Cocinando." As solid and rewarding as this material is, Sanchez would only get better as the 1980s progressed. But Keeper of the Flame reminds listeners that his association with Concord got off to a promising start with Sonando and Bien Sabroso.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2001
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431495628
catalogNumber:
4956
Rank:
85308

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Poncho Sanchez   Primary Artist,Percussion,Conga,Background Vocals
Gary Foster   Flute,Saxophone
Mark Levine   Trombone,Valve Trombone
Ramon Banda   Drums,Timbales
Tony Banda   Bass,Background Vocals
Luis Conte   Percussion,Bongos,Background Vocals,Bata
Dick Mitchell   Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Otwell   Piano
David Romero   Bongos
Steve Huffsteter   Trumpet,Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Leonard Feather   Liner Notes
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Phil Edwards   Engineer
Carl Jefferson   Producer
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Virginia Escalante   Liner Notes
Carl E. Jefferson   Producer

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