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Keeper of the Flame

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2001
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431495628
  • Catalog Number: 4956
  • Sales rank: 86,495

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Night in Tunisia (4:10)
  2. 2 Sonando (5:33)
  3. 3 The Summer Knows (4:35)
  4. 4 Con Tres Tambores Bata, Un Quinto y un Tumbador (5:30)
  5. 5 Este Son (5:50)
  6. 6 Almendra (5:13)
  7. 7 Sueño (3:13)
  8. 8 Cal's Pals (3:55)
  9. 9 Peruchín (4:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ahora (3:59)
  2. 2 Bien Sabroso (4:08)
  3. 3 Nancy (4:44)
  4. 4 Keeper of the Flame (5:44)
  5. 5 Brisa (3:39)
  6. 6 Sin Timbal (4:13)
  7. 7 Una Mas (4:13)
  8. 8 Half and Half (3:22)
  9. 9 Ican (6:00)
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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
George Horn Mastering
Carl Jefferson Producer
Frank Paparelli Composer
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Virginia Escalante Liner Notes
Carl E. Jefferson Producer
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