Poncho Sanchez: Out of Sight! (2003)
The first two tracks, "One Mint Julep" and "Shing-A-Ling," resemble typical songs from previous Sanchez albums, featuring tight arrangements, good saxophone solos and group vocals. However, by the time "Hitch It to the Horse" hits, the funk begins to kick in. Sanchez duets with Sam Moore of Sam & Dave fame and proves himself to be quite a good singer, holding his own with the classic soul man. With their excellent blending of vocals with the punchy saxophones and trumpet, the Tower of Power comes to mind.
The highlight of the album is a blues, "Mary Ann," featuring the often-imitated but never-equaled Ray Charles. Brother Ray's voice is still in fine form. And his classic soul singing is a perfect fit in this Latin jazz setting.
When listening to Out of Sight!, you can't help but be impressed with how Sanchez manages to seamlessly mesh R&B and Latin jazz. With this release the conguero can add another to his list of fine albums. But then again, Sanchez doesn't put out bad records. Some are just better than others.
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Track Listing: One Mint Julep/ El Shing-A-Ling/ Hitch It to the Horse/ Saints & Sinners/ Mary Ann/ Not Necessarily/ Conmigo/ JB
Personnel: Poncho Sanchez- congas, percussion, vocals; David Torres- piano, Hammond B-3; Tony Banda- bass, vocals; George Ortiz- timbales; Sal Vasquez- bongos, congas, percussion, vocals; Serafin Aguilar- trumpet, flugelhorn; Scott Martin- alto, tenor, baritone saxophones, flute; Francisco Torres- trombone, vocals; Ray Charles- vocals; Pee Wee Ellis- tenor saxophone; Fred Westley- trombone; Billy Preston- Hammond B-3; Dale Spaldingharmonica; Sam Moore- vocals; Francisco Aguabella- bata drums
Record Label: Concord Music Group