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Raise Your Hand
     

Raise Your Hand

by Poncho Sanchez
 
Conguero Poncho Sanchez grew up on salsa and Latin jazz, but his musical influences also included large doses of Stax and Muscle Shoals R&B. So for his latest album, he decided to pay tribute to both traditions: the result is a strange but seriously fun jumble of soul, salsa, son and jazz. Gratefully, he generally avoids trying to fuse

Overview

Conguero Poncho Sanchez grew up on salsa and Latin jazz, but his musical influences also included large doses of Stax and Muscle Shoals R&B. So for his latest album, he decided to pay tribute to both traditions: the result is a strange but seriously fun jumble of soul, salsa, son and jazz. Gratefully, he generally avoids trying to fuse them all into a single hybrid musical style; instead, he jumps from one to the other. The album opens and closes with classic-style soul songs: "Raise Your Hand" and "Knock on Wood," both featuring singer Eddie Floyd, organist Booker T. Jones, and guitarist Steve Cropper. In between is a range of material that includes a brilliant straight-ahead salsa number featuring Andy Montañez titled "El Agua de Belen," the gorgeous "Amor con Amor," a very fine Maceo Parker showcase titled "Maceo's House" (which actually does blend soul and Latin influences, and carries it off nicely) and a couple of less compelling numbers as well. But even the nice-but-not-earthshaking "Gestation" offers plenty of fun, and there really is not a single track on this album that is anything less than thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended overall.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2007
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0888072301498
catalogNumber:
30149
Rank:
76651

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Poncho Sanchez   Primary Artist,Conga,Vocals,Bells,Guiro
Steve Cropper   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Eddie Floyd   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Maceo Parker   Alto Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Andy Montañez   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Tony Banda   Bass,Background Vocals
Ron Blake   Flugelhorn
John Burk   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Guest Appearance
Joe Heredia   Drums,Guest Appearance
Booker T. Jones   Hammond Organ,Guest Appearance,Hammond B3
David Torres   Hammond B3
David Torres   Piano,Hammond Organ,Musical Direction
Francisco Torres   Musical Direction
George Ortiz   Timbales
Ron Blake   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Javier Vergara   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
José "Perico" Hernández   Vocals
Francisco A. Torres   Background Vocals
Joey De Leon   Background Vocals
Mace Parker   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
John Burk   Producer,Audio Production
Ron Davis   Engineer
Poncho Sanchez   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
David Torres   Audio Production
David Torres   Arranger
Francisco Torres   Composer
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Autry DeWalt   Composer
Eduardo Davidson   Composer
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Seth Presant   Engineer
Anabel DeHaven   grooming

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