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  • Audio CD (September 29, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B00000C40C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Noted conguero Poncho Sanchez is back on the scene with another infectious album that extended the legacy of his tenure with Cal Tjader's Orchestra. As the titled suggests, Afro-Cuban Fantasy is a celebration of the various dance rhythms that are now known as Latin jazz. A dynamic player with a penchant for muscular rhythm, Sanchez's arrangements exude the calmer energy that's more associated with West-coast jazz as opposed to the ecstatic frenzy of the New York and Miami scene. The plush orchestra of burnished brass sails elegantly over the rumbling rhythms of congas, timbales, and percussion, resulting in an swooning, enticing affair that simmers more than it sizzles. The regal Dianne Reeves contributes some authoritative vocals on several tracks. She ups the ante of excitement on Clare Fisher's "Morning" and seduces wonderfully on the sensuous, "Darn That Dream." As for the instrumentals, Sanchez keenly demonstrates his versatility as he moves from the party-flavored cha-cha on "Subway Harry" to the sensational samba of "Sambroso." This is a delightful CD that sparkles with the danceable reverie of New York's Palladium Ballroom. --John Murph

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If you have to pick one Latin jazz CD to buy, it should be this one.
"loungelizard7"
From beginning to end, this cd moves and sends you just like you want to be moved and sent.
Jack Dempsey
Afro-Cuban Fantasy is another great collection of Music by Poncho Sanchez.
Manuel Rivera

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jack Dempsey on February 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There's often a big divide between the West coast scene and the East coast when it comes to Latin jazz and, for that matter, salsa. It's strange for me at times because, being Cuban and having family that left when the terrorist Castro took over, I now find myself in Miami with some family in NYC. So, I am fully emersed in the East coast scene now (and have been for over 10 years) and absolutely LOVE it. HOWEVER...I grew up in San Francisco and lived there over 20 years. I grew up with a very healthy dose of Tjader, Baker, Pepper, Getz, Escovedo, the whole Haight street scene that became Ubiquity and Cubop - Matos, Santos, Vasquez, etc. That is still in my blood and courses through my veins to this day and I absolutely love it. So when I hear or read some idiot going off about how some West coast release isn't solid enough or is too laid back or that some East coast release is too firey and brash...it just makes me sick. Life's too short for that kind of mentality and, to be honest, in the end that type of opinion doesn't make a bit of difference. What does make the difference is the beautiful music contained on a release, the spirit it evokes, the community, the magic, and the feelings.

This release, it has it all.

Poncho is amazing to begin with. He always has been. You can get an even better sense of that through not just his music, but his contributions over at Descarga. And with this, we get so much offered to us, you only have to take advantage of it by buying it and listening to it. Once you do, you'll immeditately tap into what Poncho is giving and you'll feel what he's saying. And it's solid and it's amazing, as always. From beginning to end, this cd moves and sends you just like you want to be moved and sent.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Harding VINE VOICE on February 24, 2000
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If it wasn't for my little sister's good taste, I'd have never heard this gem. I love Latin jazz, but am often put off by slightly cheesy album covers (not this one) that Poncho and others have offered in the past. I know I shouldn't feel so as it's what's inside that counts. This album is pure ear candy, from Sanchez' driving percussion, to Dianne Reeves' smooth vocals, to the Tower of Power-like funky horn section. Even if you have no rhythm at all, you'll find yourself beating on your knees or your steering wheel and aching to dance! Only the commercial, top-fortyish lyrics of the otherwise infectuous Ven Pa Bailar mar this superb effort by Poncho Sanchez. It's truly salsa con huevos!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "loungelizard7" on July 8, 2000
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If you have to pick one Latin jazz CD to buy, it should be this one. From start to finish, it never disappoints. The rhythms, the horns, everything blends together to make some of the most incredible music you ever heard.
And Dianne Reeves' appearance certainly doesn't hurt. On the lush ballad "I Remember Spring," she charms the listener into a contented calm, though "Darn That Dream" doesn't really do much for me. "Morning," a beautiful tune, is one of the best tracks on the CD, just on the strength of Reeves' wild scatting. It's like nothing you've ever heard, like a sort of exotic birdcall. The song keeps building, through Scott Martin's scorching sax solo, through the chorus of "Una mañana" (which you'll find yourself repeating constantly), and until the moment the song fades out.
But the main attraction here is Poncho and his band, and they give you something to keep hitting the "repeat" button for. Standouts are the laid-back "Sambroso" and "Guapacha," Poncho's singing on "Ven Pa Bailar," and the lovely "Willow Weep for Me" cha-cha.
But the three best are "Close Your Eyes," the title track, and "Playboy's Theme." On "Close Your Eyes" (inspired by Cal Tjader's dreamy version with underrated great Jose "Chombo" Silva), Martin (one of the best sax players around by my measure) gets the spotlight and gives a smooth, romantic solo performance. "Afro-Cuban Fantasy" is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. The breezy title track, "Afro-Cuban Fantasy" shows the epitome of the band's cool-salsa West Coast style. (However quiet this song seems, it is VERY loud when performed live!
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I guess I am a bit surprised to hear so many reviewers talking about how 'lite' the sound is on this disc. I guess you can certainly classify the sound as non driving but it's the subtlety that makes this such a great disc. And although it may be 'lite' I always find myself wanting to get up and salsa. So take that for what it's worth.
Pancho is just the master. My only disappointment is with Guapacha which to me is kinda bland (although I don't speak spanish so perhaps i'm missing something). Plus i've heard much better versions of Darn that Dream than this one. The album would actually have been better without these two cuts because the rest of the material is very rhythmic.
The highlight of the album though has to be the title cut 'Afro Cuban Fantasy'. I heard them play it live at WolfTrap (northern Virginia) about 2 years ago and it was beyond awesome. Papa Rodriguez played some incomprehensible rhythms during the performance. I swear that I had never heard a rhythm like that but when I heard it the sound was so logical it was like a revelation. The next best has to be 'Morning' with Dianne Reeves doing a great job of scattin'.
I personally like the Latin Soul album more than this one but this is the album that introduced me to Poncho so it get's alot of time in my player.
Buy it!
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