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Latin Soul

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In the past two decades, conguero Poncho Sanchez has emerged as the West Coast's foremost Latin-jazz bandleader. Latin Soul--his 19th release for the Concord Picante label--is a cooking set recorded live at the Conga Room in Los Angeles and Yoshi's in Oakland. This is no loose blowing session, but a showcase for Sanchez's road-tight nonet featuring the Banda brothers Ramon and Tony on bass and timbales, plus a powerful four-piece horn section. Sanchez's conga solos are seldom flashy, just rock solid. He pays homage to the inspiration of Mongo Santamaria on "Watermelon Man" and "Besame Mama" and recalls the golden age of mambo with Tito Rodriguez's "Mama Guela." He sings an invitation to dance on "Ven Pa Bailar" and turns the horns loose on Eddie Cano's boppish "Ican." The soul side of the equation is represented by a funky medley of Eddie Harris's "Listen Here" and "Cold Duck Time." --Rick Mitchell


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  1. El Conguero 6:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Ven Pa Bailar 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Ican 7:45Album Only
  4. Watermelon Man 6:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Conga Blue 7:31Album Only
  6. Lisa 8:51Album Only
  7. Bésame Mama 6:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Guaripumpe 8:54Album Only
  9. Listen Here/Cold Duck Time 5:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Mama Guela 7:23Album Only

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 1, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B00002CF46
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,691 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Derek G VINE VOICE on September 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Around the time this CD was released, salsa dancing seemed to become the "hot" thing for gringos like me. Fresh out of a few classes with some rudimentary steps under my belt, my date and I stumbled into this little known (to me) club called the Conga Room in Los Angeles where Poncho Sanchez was playing.
At first all I could do was try to concentrate on my steps as I quickly became aware of just how much I needed to learn (the dancers packed into this intimate club are incredible). After I loosened up a bit I started realizing just how good the music was. Before long we both became lost in the music and we danced for hours. Something about the repetitiveness, the rhythms, just waves of pleasure that flow endlessly. What a wonderful time!
Being completely new to this type of music, it wasn't until long after that I realized this guy is practically a legend. Sometimes when you least expect it, life deals you pleasant surprises, you know? No CD could completely recreate the experience of "being there" but I would say this comes the closest. Listening to it makes we want to take the intermediate classes now. :-)
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is an absolutely hot, hot CD. I have given four copies of this to various friends and family who have expressed an interest in Latin Jazz, and I can think of no other album that is a better introduction to this form of music--something for everyone. It's impossible to keep your body still while listening. Some purests don't like live recordings, but since I'm not one, I loved the interaction between the audience and band. Anxiously awaiting his next CD and hope it's half as good as this was is.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Juan C. Hermida on July 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Congero at it's best!. This CD gets you into the "Salsa" mood even if you are listening to it at your office--"careful not to get caught by your manager dancing on your desk"-- Full of rich conga sounds and latino brass wraped in fine jazz this is a delighful esperience from the mellow "Besame Mama", to the powerful "El congero"....still there?....get it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phil in Mågnoliá TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 25, 2012
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Track 4 - Watermelon Man - click on the button that Amazon kindly provides so that you can preview the music, and listen to even the short sample that they give you. Is that not enough of an example for anyone to see (rather, hear) how great this is? And to that particular piece - after I received the CD, I saw that Watermelon Man was a Herbie Hancock composition, so (being the inquisitive type), I went to Head Hunters, the Platinum album released by Herbie Hancock in 1973, and compared it to Herbie's original performance. Completely different of course, but this is a performance where Poncho Sanchez just makes that particular piece HIS OWN!!

The rest of the album is just as good. Can't help it, you have to get up and dance, enjoy the rhythm and enthusiasm of Poncho and his group.

What else is there to say? This is great music, up-beat, rhythm's and Poncho on the congo drums. Enjoy!
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By Lebedang on July 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The best thing about this album is that it grooves. My personal favorite is "Watermelon Man." I also enjoyed the "Congo Blue," where at the end, there are three shekeres going at the same time. It is a lot of rhythmical fun. Although the arrangements might not be the most complex, this music will hit you in your soul.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "hacker_harvey" on August 1, 2000
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"Afro-Cuban Fantasy" was my first Poncho Sanchez CD, and while it was nice listening of course, it wasn't as good as expected due to its over-production and lack of a latin sound. Not so with this CD, however!
This has a very authentic, full, and alive sound to it; the presence of which is not fealt so much in "Afro-Cuban Fantasy" and other such CDs. The solos on this album are all very alive (though it seems that all of Scott Martin's solos sound sorta the same), and the piano and congas provide an excellent, latin-ish background. By the way, my own favourite track on this was probly "Ican" (also highly recommended is "Besame Mama.")
If you enjoyed this disc, I strongly recommend Mingus Amungus' "Live in Cuba," though it's kinda obscure and not currently on amazon.
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Unequivocally the best album he has produced (I have over 8 of his others). Every song is better than the next and covers all of the primary band instruments, i.e., trumpet, trombone, sax, and of course Poncho's conga and bongo drums.
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Carlos; Gaspacho!!
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