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For more than three decades, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. Throughout his career Sanchez has held aloft the torch lit by such innovators as Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente and Cal Tjader, embraced by each of those icons and entrusted to carry forward the traditions of Latin Jazz. Sanchez’s influences are numerous, and his catalogue is rich with his homages to several of his mentors – Santamaria, Puente and Tjader among them. But alongside those Latin pioneers, among the more prominent figures that inform his music is the iconic saxophonist John Coltrane

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Article: Album Review

Poncho Sanchez: Trane's Delight

Read "Trane's Delight" reviewed by La-Faithia White


After a seven-year hiatus Poncho Sanchez pushes through with a passion project and a meaningful tribute to one of his mentors, saxophonist John Coltrane, on Trane's Delight. The feeling of jazz comes together beautifully in this tribute to Coltrane as well as in the remake of the Duke Ellington classic “The Feeling Of Jazz."

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Article: Album Review

Joe Rizo's Mongorama: Mariposas Cantan

Read "Mariposas Cantan" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Mongorama is a nine-piece Latin Jazz all-star band built and guided to honor Mongo Santamaria by the hand of José Rizo, a Latin musical legend in California who's been broadcasting from KJazz 88.1FM (Cal State University, Long Beach) for more than three decades. On their 2010 debut, Rizo enlisted such legends as Poncho Sanchez and Hubert ...

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Article: Album Review

Various Artists: New Orleans Mambo: Cuba to NOLA

Read "New Orleans Mambo: Cuba to NOLA" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


The distance between New Orleans (Louisiana, USA) and Havana (Cuba) is almost exactly 670 miles, about a two-hour flight. But it takes only one listen to Putumayo Records' anthology New Orleans Mambo: Cuba to NOLA to bridge the distance between the two. With such a wide and colorful net to cast, assembling this collection ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Soul Songs, Mose Songs & COVID Aid for Djibouti

Read "Soul Songs, Mose Songs & COVID Aid for Djibouti" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Bahama Soul Club Bohemia After Dawn Buyú Records 2020 Soulful original music laced with judicious and striking samples, Bohemia After Dawn serves a textbook example of music that packs an impact larger than the sum of its parts. Written, arranged, produced and performed by Oliver Belz ...

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New Orleans Mambo: Cuba to NOLA

Label: Putumayo World Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Going Back To New Orleans (Poncho Sanchez); Mos' Scocious (Dr. John); Jive Samba (Los Po-Boy-Citos); Coconut Milk (Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias); Jambalaya (New Orleans Heartbreakers with Big Al Carson); Man?anita (Zazou City); Panama Tones / Nuevo Boogaloo (The Iguanas); Yellow Moon (The Neville Brothers); Nature Boy (Otra); Kreyol (Preservation Hall Jazz Band).

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Article: Meet the Staff

Meet La-Faithia White

Read "Meet La-Faithia White" reviewed by AAJ Staff


I currently live in: I currently live in High Point, North Carolina. High Point is famously the childhood home of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, and more recently of American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino. I joined All About Jazz in: 2018. Why did you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I began ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with AXIOM

Read "Take Five with AXIOM" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Axiom Founded and brought together by brothers Pete and Phil Templer, guitarist/composer and drummer/percussionist/composer respectively, the goal was to establish a creative and engaging environment to present a dynamic musical experience to audiences of all types. Pete and Phil both hail from the Midwest where they began their musical journey studying and playing ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

50th Anniversary Blue Notes for June

Read "50th Anniversary Blue Notes for June" reviewed by Marc Cohn


Blue Note 50th anniversaries from June 1970, just two though: Horace Silver (That Healin' Feelin') and Lou Donaldson (Pretty Things). There was also a Reuben Wilson session, but it was never released, and only the 'vault gods' know if it was any good. But you know there's more (don't you?). 21st century music from the Posi-Tone ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Samuel Torres: The Interfuse of Percussion and Orchestration

Read "Samuel Torres: The Interfuse of Percussion and Orchestration" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Samuel Torres is a percussionist extraordinaire. Samuel Torres is an exceptional composer. Samuel Torres is an astute arranger. Samuel Torres has vast skills as an orchestrator. All of those statements are valid responses to the question, who is Samuel Torres? The Colombian born artist, who now makes his home in New York City, has, as they ...


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