Latin Soul

Latin Soul

by Poncho Sanchez


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Latin Soul

Recorded live at two leading California nightspots, Yoshi's in Oakland and the Latin-specializing Conga Room in Los Angeles (the actual sound in the Conga Room is never as good as that on this CD), Concord no doubt hoped for an exceptionally hot live session from this tireless defender of the Latin jazz tradition. What they got was merely a decent album, listenable, danceable, yet lacking that extra flash of Latin fire. Sanchez leads his usual eight-piece ensemble -- augmented at Yoshi's by Mike Whitman on baritone sax -- and feeds the percussive polyrhythmic battles with his congas (as well as a turn on the timbales on "Guaripumpe"). On the "Latin soul" agenda, there is a dead-on faithful rendition of "Watermelon Man," with a few histrionic things at the close, and a reprise of Eddie Harris' "Cold Duck Time," which soon turns into "Listen Here" and "Everything I Play Gonh Be Funky." There are also some spirited passings of the bop baton from trumpeter Sal Cracchiolo to trombonist Francisco Torres to tenor saxophonist Scott Martin and back again on "Ican." It's OK, but not Sanchez' best.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/1999
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431486329
catalogNumber: 4863
Rank: 50561

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Poncho Sanchez   Primary Artist,Percussion,Conga,Timbales,Vocals,Soloist
Ramon Banda   Timbales,Chekere
Tony Banda   Bass,Vocals,Chekere
Sal Cracchiolo   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Scott Martin   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
David Torres   Piano
Mike Whitman   Baritone Saxophone
Francisco Torres   Trombone

Technical Credits

Billy May   Liner Notes
Greg Allen   Art Direction
John Burk   Producer
Phil Edwards   Remote Recording Engineer
Poncho Sanchez   Arranger,Producer
David Torres   Arranger,Producer
Alexis Davis   Product Development
Edward James Olmos   Liner Notes
Glen Barros   Executive Producer

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