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Poncho Sanchez's long string of recordings for the Concord Picante label are all easily recommended to fans of Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz. On this fine effort, Sanchez's octet welcomes guest Tito Puente (heard on timbales) to "Ti-Pon-Pa" and "Lover, Come Back to Me." Otherwise, one hears Sanchez's regularly working band, a group that features trumpeter Sal Cracchiolo, trombonist Arturo Velasco, the reeds of Gene Burkert, pianist Charlie Otwell, bassist Tony Banda and three percussionists; several songs have group vocals. Otwell contributed five spirited originals, which are joined by such numbers as Cal Tjader's "Soul Burst," "Will You Still Be Mine" and a medley of "Cold Sweat" and "Funky Broadway." Accessible and very danceable music that is also creative within the boundaries of the popular idiom.
Performance CreditsPoncho Sanchez Primary Artist,Percussion,Conga,Vocals
Tito Puente Timbales
Ramon Banda Drums,Timbales
Tony Banda Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gene Burkert Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Sal Cracchiolo Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Charlie Otwell Piano
Arturo Velasco Trombone,Vocals,Background Vocals
José Papo Rodríguez Percussion,Bongos,Vocals,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsCharlie Otwell Composer