Live in Hollywood

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's difficult to believe that in 1982, bandleader and conguero Poncho Sanchez signed a one-year record deal with Concord Picante, because 30 years later, he is still with the label. Who does that anymore? To celebrate that mighty anniversary, Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band cut this smokin' slab in a single show at the Hollywood & Highland Summer Concert series in July. Beginning with the hard-swinging "Promenade" by music director and arranger Francisco Torres, the set moves into the glorious 12-plus-minute "Pancho Sanchez Medley," comprised of the tunes "Mi Negra," "Baila Baila," and "Bien Sabroso," and featuring stellar solos by tenor saxophonist Rob Hardt, trumpeter...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's difficult to believe that in 1982, bandleader and conguero Poncho Sanchez signed a one-year record deal with Concord Picante, because 30 years later, he is still with the label. Who does that anymore? To celebrate that mighty anniversary, Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band cut this smokin' slab in a single show at the Hollywood & Highland Summer Concert series in July. Beginning with the hard-swinging "Promenade" by music director and arranger Francisco Torres, the set moves into the glorious 12-plus-minute "Pancho Sanchez Medley," comprised of the tunes "Mi Negra," "Baila Baila," and "Bien Sabroso," and featuring stellar solos by tenor saxophonist Rob Hardt, trumpeter Ron Francis Blake, and, of course, the conguero himself. Another medley combines Mario Bauzá's classic "Mambo Inn" with jazz standard "Green Dolphin Street." Here Sanchez reminds the audience what Machito and Tito Puente showed the world decades before: that Latin jazz at its best encompasses all forms of music within its universe. This is further underscored by the performance of R.G. Ford's "Crosscut Saw," with guest vocals by George Dez (who also plays guitar on the tune). Here the blues meets boogaloo inseparably. Sanchez also pays tribute to his friend and mentor Claire Fischer as he introduces the late pianist's "Morning." The performance of "Afro Blue" here -- written by Mongo Santamaría, another influence and mentor -- is among the tightest Sanchez has ever performed in a live setting. Hardt's piccolo flute solo grounds the tune's Afro-Cuban roots in Caribbean folk. But Sanchez saves the best for last in a nine-minute reading of the Anglero brothers' salsa "Son Son Charari." By the end of this 55-minute set, it becomes obvious that Sanchez had a couple of strategies at work here: paying tribute to his mentors and to the city of Los Angeles itself (he was born in Texas, but raised in Norwalk in L.A. County). What's also readily apparent is that Torres wrote tighter arrangements for most of these tunes, some of which Sanchez had never recorded in a concert setting. Live in Hollywood reflects not only a grand anniversary, but the dizzying ability of Sanchez's Latin Jazz Band to play anything it wishes with consummate swing and soul.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072341104
  • Catalog Number: 34110
  • Sales rank: 72,420

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Promenade - Poncho Sanchez (8:00)
  2. 2 Poncho Sanchez Medley: Mi Negra/Baila Baila/Bien Sabroso - Poncho Sanchez (12:04)
  3. 3 Mambo Inn/On Green Dolphin Street - Poncho Sanchez (5:30)
  4. 4 Crosscut Saw - Poncho Sanchez (5:18)
  5. 5 Intro - Poncho Sanchez (0:23)
  6. 6 Morning - Poncho Sanchez (7:52)
  7. 7 A Ti Nama - Poncho Sanchez (1:16)
  8. 8 Afro Blue - Poncho Sanchez (6:01)
  9. 9 Son Son Charari - Poncho Sanchez (9:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Ensemble Primary Artist
Poncho Sanchez Indexed Contributor, Percussion, Conga, Vocals
Francisco Torres Trombone, Vocals
José Papo Rodríguez Percussion, Bongos, Vocals
Rob Hardt Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Piccolo Flute
Rene Camacho Bass, Vocals
Andy Langham Organ, Piano
Angel Rodriguez Timbales
Ron Francis Blake Trumpet, Flugelhorn
George Dez Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Bronislaw Kaper Composer
Mario Bauzá Composer
John Burk Producer, Executive Producer
Clare Fischer Composer
George Horn Mastering
Poncho Sanchez Composer, Producer
Mongo Santamaría Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Francisco Torres Composer, Producer, Music Direction
Bobby Woodlen Composer
Grace Sampson Composer
Juan Luis Anglero Composer
Roberto Angleró Composer
Kevin Zinger Management
Traditional Composer
Seth Presant Engineer
Ivory Daniel Executive Producer, Management
Larry Sanchez Engineer
Devin DeHaven Cover Photo
R.G. Ford Composer
Jack Randall Booking
Jay Martins Composer
George Acuna Jr. Engineer
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