Soul of the Conga

Soul of the Conga

by Poncho Sanchez
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Soul of the Conga

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2000
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431489429
catalogNumber: 4894
Rank: 45847

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
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
Pedro Speck   Composer
Juanchin Ramirez   Composer
Perez Jose Delgado   Composer

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Soul of the Conga 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.