Fiesta Picante: The Latin Jazz Party Collection

Fiesta Picante: The Latin Jazz Party Collection

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Fiesta Picante: The Latin Jazz Party Collection

Reaching all the way back to the beginnings of Concord Picante in 1979, which was originally created for the pleasure of the late Cal Tjader, Fiesta Picante traces nearly the entire history of the label in what amounts to a greatest-hits collection with a non-stop groove. While the music constantly looks backwards, with few progressive strains, the album succeeds as a summary of Picante and as an irresistible danceathon. Disc one is mostly devoted to tracks with a cha-cha or guajira beat, while disc two is dominated by the more rambunctious mambo style. One is struck by how many of Latin jazz's surviving stars have recorded for the label, often in thorough detail. Poncho Sanchez, the neo-classicist among them, gets five entries, including his faithful-to-the-letter re-creation of "Watermelon Man" with Mongo Santamaria guesting on congas. The indefatigable Tito Puente, his signature guajira "Oye Como Va" as catchy as ever in this live version, also gets five tracks, and Santamaria's own band is not far behind with four tracks. Ray Barretto's New World Spirit is the most enterprising of the Picante bands, trying to create fresher textures in his three entries. Tjader is represented by "Serengeti" and a remake of his biggest hit, "Soul Sauce," Pete Escovedo gets two tracks, and Jorge Dalto and Ray Vega get one each. If you ever wanted to sample the output of the Concord Picante label -- or for that matter, traditional Latin jazz as performed in the present day -- or simply keep a party jumping, this two-hour, double-CD set is for you.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/1997
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431478225
catalogNumber: 4782
Rank: 243699

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Barretto   Percussion,Conga,Track Performer
Tito Puente   Percussion,Timbales,Track Performer
Jorge Dalto   Piano
Pete Escovedo   Percussion,Timbales,Track Performer
Gary Foster   Soprano Saxophone
Mark Levine   Piano
Andy Narell   Steel Pan
Charlie Sepulveda   Flugelhorn
Rob Fisher   Bass
Roger Glenn   Flute
Kenny Goldberg   Tenor Saxophone
Papo Vazquez   Trombone
Roger Byam   Tenor Saxophone
Sal Cracchiolo   Trumpet
Jeff Cressman   Trombone
Mitch Frohman   Tenor Saxophone
Humberto "Nengue" Hernandez   Bata Drums
Adam Kolker   Tenor Saxophone
Vince Lateano   Timbales
Jose Mangual   Bongos
Nicky Marrero   Timbales,Guiro
Hector Martignon   Piano
Scott Martin   Alto Saxophone
Charlie Otwell   Piano
Bobby Porcelli   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Mario Rivera   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Rodriguez   Bass
Piro Rodriguez   Trumpet
Poncho Sanchez   Percussion,Conga,Track Performer
Mongo Santamaría   Conga,Track Performer
Cal Tjader   Vibes,Track Performer
Mike Turre   Baritone Saxophone
Carlos "Patato" Valdes   Conga
Arturo Velasco   Trombone
Wayne Wallace   Trombone
Artie Webb   Flute
Jorge Dalto & The Interamerican Band   Track Performer
Jay Rodriguez   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Ray Vega   Trumpet,Track Performer
Johnny Almendra   Timbales
John Di Martino   Piano
Gene Burket   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Ray Barretto   Producer
Tito Puente   Producer
Pete Escovedo   Producer
Allen Farnham   Producer
John Burk   Producer,Executive Producer
Humberto "Nengue" Hernandez   Contributor
Carl Jefferson   Producer
Nick Phillips   Producer
Kent Judkins   Art Direction

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Fiesta Picante: The Latin Jazz Party Collection 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
PLNYC More than 1 year ago
I have looked everywhere for the song 'Cinderella' featured on this CD, and couldn't find it any where; out of desperation I checked B&N and I found it. Who knew I would find an old Latin classic at Barnes & Noble! The best part is that the entire CD is wonderful, just awesome. Barnes & Noble you 'Rock.' If you love old Latin Classics get this CD, you'll be in for a nice surprise; it'll be a great stocking stuffer. Happy Holidays
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection contains many songs, showing the variety of latin jazz. Some have become hits, e.g., Oye Como Va, for Santana, as done by Tito Puente, gives a different, yet lively version Watermelon Man, a hit for Herbie Hancock, is also presented in a nice version. A mix of live and studio tracks make this a swinging collection for dancing (if you've got the moves) or just listening. VIVA LA FIESTA!