Monday, October 1, 2012

Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band Live In Hollywood Concord Picante 2012

Latin jazz is my musical sweet spot and there may be none sweeter than the great Poncho Sanchez!
Live In Hollywood marks the legendary master conguero and band leader's 30th anniversary with Concord Picante.

The digital release of this amazing recording is available now! The physical release will street on October 30, 2012.

While some artists bounce at the first sign of trouble in the music business, Sanchez is that rare breed that appreciates the faith the label showed in his prolific talent back when he was signed to a one year deal some thirty years ago. Despite a career that has moved into legend status the most admirable quality of Sanchez next to his incredible talent is that there in not an ounce of pretentiousness to be found or heard for that matter. The music is first and all ways out front and it is swinging!

This live set opens with a blistering tune "Promenade" and is followed up with a Poncho Sanchez medley at the urging of his music director Francisco Torres. Sanchez pays tribute to keyboardist, composer and arranger Clare Fischer who was instrumental in Sanchez getting his first record deal. Poncho Sanchez also pays fitting tribute to percussionist Mongo  Santamaria with a high octane foot to the floor reharm of "Afro Blue." There are some pleasant surprises along the way including the blues classic "Crosscut Saw" and closing out with some smoldering salsa in "Son Son Charari."

Poncho Sanchez will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Recording Academy on November 14, 2012 but in the meantime check out Live In Hollywood, guaranteed to make your musical back leg shake!

Tracks: Promenade; Poncho Sanchez Medley; Mambo Inn/On Green Dolphin Street; Crosscut Saw; Intro; Morning; A Ti Nama; Afro Blue; Son Son Charari.

Photo via Concord Picante.