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Raise Your Hand

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072301498
  • Catalog Number: 30149
  • Sales rank: 200,928

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Raise Your Hand (3:49)
  2. 2 Tropi Blue (5:07)
  3. 3 Shotgun (3:55)
  4. 4 El Agua de Belen (6:12)
  5. 5 Rosarito (3:55)
  6. 6 Maceo's House (5:52)
  7. 7 Dondé Va Chichi? - José "Perico" Hernández (6:25)
  8. 8 Gestation (4:53)
  9. 9 Amor Con Amor (5:50)
  10. 10 Knock on Wood (3:33)
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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 Jr. 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 Jr. Background Vocals
Mace Parker Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Composer
Eddie Floyd Composer
John Burk Producer, Audio Production
Ron Davis Engineer, Mastering
Poncho Sanchez Composer, Producer, Audio Production
David Torres Audio Production
David Torres Jr. Arranger
Francisco Torres Composer
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Autry DeWalt II Composer
Eduardo Davidson Composer
Alvertis Isbell Composer
Seth Presant Engineer, Digital Editing
Anabel DeHaven grooming
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