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Latin Spirits

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Much marketing ado will no doubt be made over the wonderful dream-come-true nature of the legendary conguero's pairing with jazz piano great Chick Corea, in a setting which brings the latter back to his roots playing with Mongo Santamaria in the '60s. And the two Corea-touched tracks are definite highlights. He wrote the jumpy, heavy-chorded jam title track, which finds him doing call and response with feisty horns as Sanchez pitter patters fancifully in the background; the piano improvisations between these interactions are characteristically mind-boggling, as Corea switches off from bebop to hardcore Latin ivory sweeps. He also tackles the frisky Wayne Shorter piece ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Much marketing ado will no doubt be made over the wonderful dream-come-true nature of the legendary conguero's pairing with jazz piano great Chick Corea, in a setting which brings the latter back to his roots playing with Mongo Santamaria in the '60s. And the two Corea-touched tracks are definite highlights. He wrote the jumpy, heavy-chorded jam title track, which finds him doing call and response with feisty horns as Sanchez pitter patters fancifully in the background; the piano improvisations between these interactions are characteristically mind-boggling, as Corea switches off from bebop to hardcore Latin ivory sweeps. He also tackles the frisky Wayne Shorter piece "Juju," dipping and swooping over and under the horns as, once again, Sanchez works up a frenzy all around him. But Sanchez' vision extends way beyond just the Corea songs, as he creates an exciting travelogue through various styles that go beyond just Latin jazz. "Sambia" is sassy Havana salsa all the way, but the bluesy "Next Exit" -- featuring David Torres on piano -- is what might happen if Ramsey Lewis found himself at a Latin jazz party. The fun part of being a percussionist is surrounding yourself with brilliant soloists, and Sanchez picks a true winner in saxman Scott Martin, whose rich baritone drives "Next Exit." "Going Back to New Orleans" is all party blues with shouting voices and a Dr. John-like vocal by Dale Spalding. "Quieres Volver" is a dreamy romance set firmly in San Juan, with strings and Sanchez' own raspy vocals. Tucked deep into the disc are two other can't-miss spots on the itinerary: the festive Manhattan-styled jaunt "Tito in the City" an obvious tribute to the mastery of Tito Puente and the funky, struttin' "Early in the Morning," which recalls Louis Jordan's Calypso jive circa the mid-'40s also featuring Spalding on lead vocals. Just when you think this disc can't get any better, Sanchez delights in making every next note and tour stop a surprise.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2001
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431498124
  • Catalog Number: 4981
  • Sales rank: 366,218

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sambia (6:16)
  2. 2 Next Exit (4:31)
  3. 3 Latin Spirits (4:54)
  4. 4 Quieres Volver (6:18)
  5. 5 Going Back to New Orleans (4:42)
  6. 6 On Time (4:27)
  7. 7 Ju Ju (7:08)
  8. 8 Batiri Cha Cha (6:36)
  9. 9 The Things We Did Last Summer (6:30)
  10. 10 Tito in the City (4:29)
  11. 11 Early in the Morning (6:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Poncho Sanchez Primary Artist, Percussion, Conga, Vocals
Bruce Malament Piano
Ramon Banda Timbales
Tony Banda Bass, Background Vocals
Chick Corea Piano
James Gadson Drums
Tom Gargano Bass
Scott Martin Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ricardo "Tiki" Pasillas Timbales
Lon Price Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
David Torres Piano, Hammond Organ, Musical Direction
Randy Waldman Strings
David Spalding Harmonica, Vocals
Francisco Torres Trombone, Background Vocals
José Papo Rodríguez Percussion, Bongos, Background Vocals
Ledisi Vocals
Technical Credits
Joe Liggins Composer
John Burk Producer, Executive Producer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Bernie Kirsh Engineer
Scott Martin Arranger
Lon Price Arranger
Poncho Sanchez Arranger, Producer
David Torres Arranger
Randy Waldman String Arrangements
Bill Milkowski Liner Notes
Francisco Torres Arranger
Glen Barros Executive Producer
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