Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

188

Poncho Sanchez: Latin Spirits

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Like most of us, Poncho Sanchez appreciates all kinds of music. Passionate Latin dance mixes with crisp, modern mainstream jazz and earthy New Orleans blues on his latest album. Guests Chick Corea and Dale Spalding make a big impression. At opposite ends of the jazz spectrum, the two leaders express differently. While Corea charges straight ahead crisply and percussively, Spalding settles back with a loose southern hospitality. Both are quite effective at characterizing their own genres readily. One speaks the clearly-defined language of modern jazz, while the other comes from a laid back New Orleans arrangement. All the while, they're accompanied gently with Latin jazz support by the Sanchez band. This band has been together long enough that their sound gels with easy cohesion. Each band member knows what the others are up to. Their sound has become deeper and more interesting. Scott Martin is using the baritone sax more these days, with a firm grasp of the instrument's power. It colors dance and party music with a liberal paintbrush, while providing a familiar mainstream jazz palette. Sanchez's themed album combines Latin spirits with jazz roots, and he's always done that better than just about anyone else. He's carrying on the tradition, while helping to bring unity to Latin jazz. Place this latest Sanchez gem at the top of this year's "ten best" list.

Track Listing: Sambia; Next Exit; Latin Spirits; Quieres Volver; Going Back to New Orleans; On Time; Ju Ju; Batiri Cha Cha; The Things We Did Last Summer; Tito in the City; Early in the Mornin'.

Personnel: Poncho Sanchez- congas, percussion, lead vocals on "Sambia," "Quieres Volver" and "Batiri Cha Cha;" David Torres- piano, Hammond B3 organ; Tony Banda- bass, background vocals; Ramon Banda- timbales; Jose "Papo" Rodriguez- bongos, percussion, background vocals; Sal Cracchiolo- trumpet, flugelhorn; Scott Martin- alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone; Francisco Torres- trombone, background vocals; Randy Waldman- strings on "Quieres Volver;" Chick Corea- piano on "Latin Spirits" and "Ju Ju;" Guests for "Going Back to New Orleans" and "Early in the Mornin':" Dale Spalding- lead vocals, harmonica; Ledisi- additional vocals; Lon Price- tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone; Bruce Malament- piano; Tom Gargano- bass; James Gadson- drums; Tiki Pasillas- timbales.

Title: Latin Spirits | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: Concord Music Group

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Catching Up With
Live Reviews
Album Reviews
Film Reviews
Album Reviews
Interviews
Album Reviews
Read more articles
Live In Hollywood

Live In Hollywood

Concord Picante
2012

buy
 

Chano Y Dizzy!

Concord Picante
2011

buy
 

Psychedelic Blues

Concord Picante
2009

buy
Raise Your Hand

Raise Your Hand

Concord Picante
2007

buy
Do It!

Do It!

Concord Picante
2006

buy
Do It!

Do It!

Concord Picante
2005

buy

Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Feb23Sat
Pete Carlson’s Jazz Series 2018-2019
Pete Carlson's Golf And Tennis
Palm Desert, CA
Jul18Thu
Poncho Sanchez
Blues Alley
Washington, DC
Jul18Thu
Poncho Sanchez
Blues Alley
Washington, DC
Jul19Fri
Poncho Sanchez
Blues Alley
Washington, DC
Jul19Fri
Poncho Sanchez
Blues Alley
Washington, DC
Jul20Sat
Poncho Sanchez
Blues Alley
Washington, DC
Jul20Sat
Poncho Sanchez
Blues Alley
Washington, DC

Shop

Start your shopping here and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Friendly Signs Album Reviews
Friendly Signs
By Don Phipps
February 22, 2019
Read The Adventures of Mr Pottercakes Album Reviews
The Adventures of Mr Pottercakes
By Roger Farbey
February 22, 2019
Read Free Fall Album Reviews
Free Fall
By Glenn Astarita
February 22, 2019
Read The Largo And The Lame Album Reviews
The Largo And The Lame
By Mark Corroto
February 22, 2019
Read Sun Of Goldfinger Album Reviews
Sun Of Goldfinger
By Dan McClenaghan
February 22, 2019
Read Paint The Sky Album Reviews
Paint The Sky
By Andrew J. Sammut
February 21, 2019
Read God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be Album Reviews
God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be
By Karl Ackermann
February 21, 2019