Soul of the Conga

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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Soul of the Conga is the great follow-up release to Poncho Sanchez's Grammy Award winning CD Latin Soul, and it is every bit as soulful and special. As his 20th CD as a bandleader, his 18th for Concord Picante, the release also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the master conguero's group. The conguero and his three-horn, three-percussion octet play 14 songs in a set filled with the fiery, vibrant rhythms that have defined the soul of Latin jazz. From the ChaChaCha on "Oye Lo" to the chang?i with The Ortiz Brothers on "Venga a Bailar Bailadores Changui," Poncho Sanchez plays a solid set filled with excitement and infectious grooves. Organist Joey DeFrancesco joins him ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Soul of the Conga is the great follow-up release to Poncho Sanchez's Grammy Award winning CD Latin Soul, and it is every bit as soulful and special. As his 20th CD as a bandleader, his 18th for Concord Picante, the release also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the master conguero's group. The conguero and his three-horn, three-percussion octet play 14 songs in a set filled with the fiery, vibrant rhythms that have defined the soul of Latin jazz. From the ChaChaCha on "Oye Lo" to the changüi with The Ortiz Brothers on "Venga a Bailar Bailadores Changui," Poncho Sanchez plays a solid set filled with excitement and infectious grooves. Organist Joey DeFrancesco joins him on seven songs, adding his Hammond B3 originality, while Terence Blanchard adds another level of soul with his great trumpet on "Stella By Starlight." The octet stretches on Alphonse Mouzon's "Virtue," with blistering percussion, excellent horn charts, and organ underlinings that make this song an instant favorite because of its great groove. Poncho Sanchez's powerful impact and sources of rhythmic diversification, soulful style, synergy, rhythmic riffs, and cierre, all developed into danceable compositions, make him one of the most influential men in Latin jazz and a force to be reckoned with in the 21st Century.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2000
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431489429
  • Catalog Number: 4894
  • Sales rank: 66,991

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Joseito (5:26)
  2. 2 Oyelo (4:37)
  3. 3 Venga a Bailar Bailadores (Changui) (5:26)
  4. 4 Moon Pie (4:49)
  5. 5 Haitian Lady (4:22)
  6. 6 Casas del Alma (5:44)
  7. 7 Nengón (5:02)
  8. 8 Virtue (4:58)
  9. 9 Days of Wine and Roses (5:11)
  10. 10 Fania Fungue (2:58)
  11. 11 Stella by Starlight (6:29)
  12. 12 Bodacious Q (4:19)
  13. 13 Asi, Asi (5:03)
  14. 14 Rumba de Po-Tiz (4:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Poncho Sanchez Primary Artist, Percussion, Conga, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Ramon Banda Timbales
Tony Banda Bass, Background Vocals
Terence Blanchard Trumpet
John Burk Hand Clapping
Jim Cassell Hand Clapping
Sal Cracchiolo Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Scott Martin Saxophone, Hand Clapping
Robert Read Hand Clapping
David Torres Piano, Hand Clapping
Francisco Torres Trombone
Alfred Ortiz Percussion, Vocals, Guiro
Technical Credits
John Burk Producer, Executive Producer
Ron Davis Engineer
Robert Read Engineer
Poncho Sanchez Arranger, Producer
Doug Sax Mastering
David Torres Arranger, Producer
Karen Miller Cover Photo
Francisco Torres Arranger
Scott Yanow Liner Notes
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Jill Tengan Engineer
Alfred Ortiz Arranger
Robert Hadley Mastering
Pedro Speck Composer
Juanchin Ramirez Composer
Perez Jose Delgado Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Poncho is the head Honcho

    The conga master does it again¿from ¿Joseito¿ to ¿Rumba De Po-Tiz¿; Soul of the Conga is a full-fledged Latin Par-tay! I first heard about Sanchez after he won the Grammy for Latin Soul and this CD picks up where that one left off. Soul of the Conga finds Poncho on another spirited journey of Latin Jazz with plenty of festive fire. In fact, if you¿re a fan of Afro Cuban Jazz, then this CD is a definite must. Poncho has a killer band (especially the Torres Brothers), but also brings some very special guests along for the ride, Hammond B-3 maestro Joey Defrancesco (on Henry Mancini¿s ¿Days of Wine and Roses¿), trumpeter Terence Blanchard (on ¿Stella by Starlight¿) and the Ortiz Brothers, five brothers who add a festive vibe with their group singing (check out track 2, ¿Oye Lo¿). Bar none, Poncho Sanchez continues to prove that he is the premier conga player on the scene today.

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