Freedom Sound

Freedom Sound

by Poncho Sanchez


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Freedom Sound

Latin jazz's hardest-working conguero invites two of the original Jazz Crusaders, tenor Wilton Felder and trombonist Wayne Henderson, on board to graft their sound and a few old JC numbers onto his classic salsa ensemble. The results are not entirely lodged in Sanchez's camp -- the title track leans toward a 6/8 jazz feeling, and "MJ's Funk" is a more or less straight-ahead blues, both butting horns with Sanchez's domineering congas -- while "Scratch" has a cool Latin funk feeling and some spiffy solo tradeoffs near the end. But Felder and Henderson appear together only on three of the 11 cuts and Felder on one other, so this is only a partial tribute album at most. When the two Jazz Crusaders are not around, Sanchez's regular reedman Scott Martin, trombonist Alex Henderson, and trumpeter Sal Cracchiolo fill the breach quite capably. And should the faithful become restless, there is pure Poncho salsa in "Prestame Tu Corazon" and "(Baila El) Suave Cha," infectiously propping up guest "annotator" Bill Cosby's droll warning, "If this is your first Poncho Sanchez album, I advise you to get another job."

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/1997
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431477822
catalogNumber: 4778

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Poncho Sanchez   Primary Artist,Conga,Vocals
Wayne Henderson   Trombone
Ramon Banda   Drums,Timbales
Tony Banda   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Sal Cracchiolo   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Wilton Felder   Tenor Saxophone
Scott Martin   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
David Torres   Piano
Alex Henderson   Trombone,Didjeridu
José Papo Rodríguez   Percussion,Bongos,Conga

Technical Credits

John Burk   Producer
Bernie Kirsh   Engineer
Poncho Sanchez   Arranger
David Torres   Arranger
Darren Wong   Art Direction
Larry Sanchez   Equipment Technician
David Troncoso   Composer

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