A great document of the crossover between the New York Latin scene and the Catskills – the upstate resort community that was as important to the Latin groups as the uptown clubs! Like many groups of the period, Machito's found a heck of a lot of work in the Catskills during the 50s – most notably at the Concord Resort, paid tribute to by this set – which includes photos of famous Concord staffers that include swimming instructor Buster Crabbe and golf pro Jimmy Demarest! But apart from that gimmicky approach, the album's actually a strong one for Machito – showing the kind of grooves that helped his 50s group cross over big – a mix of mambo and early cha cha tracks that include "Patricia", "Guaglione", "Torero", "Cha Cha Cha Loco", "Cotillon Mambo", and "Mambo La Concord". LP, Vinyl record album
Poncho Sanchez —
Fuerte! ... LP Concord/Picante, 1987. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Tight, hard and straight ahead Latin jazz from one of the greats of the 80s! Poncho's work on Concord/Picante is always a treat – and this record's a very nice batch of no-nonsense Latin jazz tracks, played with strong arrangements, and a sweet west coast vibe. Titles include "Co Co My My", "Fuerte", "Ixtapa", "Baila Mi Gente", "Alafia", and "No Llores, Mi Corazon". LP, Vinyl record album
Poncho Sanchez is a genius – one of the leading lights of the west coast Latin scene at the end of the 70s, and a musician who's never failed to give us his best over the decades – so much so, that he may well be one of the few (along with Eddie Palmieri) who've continued to keep the jazz sound of their style growing strongly during the 21st Century! This album's an instant treasure – a nod to the greatness of John Coltrane, as you'd guess from the title – but a record that's really as distinct and powerful as Poncho's best from his older catalog – really creatively put together, with a focus not just on rhythms, but on really well-spun, well-conceived solos – modern on the edges, but swinging throughout – with work from a group that includes Francisco Torres on trombone, Ron Blake on trumpet, Robert Hardt on alto and tenor, and Andy Langham on piano. Torres handled the arrangements, and the album's got all the percussion you'd expect from a Sanchez album too – on titles that include "Soul Bourgeoisie", "Liberia", "Giant Steps", "Yam'mote", "Trane's Delight", "Todo Termino", "Sube", and "Blue Train". (Jazz, Latin)CD
A killer set by Cal Tader – every bit as great as some of his best work from earlier years! The album was recorded with a small tight combo – one that features the great Mark Levine on both acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes, plus flute and percussion by Roger Glenn, and congas and percussion by Poncho Sanchez. The whole thing glides along in a nice blend of electric and acoustic jamming – similar to Cal's best work of the late 60s, and with a stripped down groove that has a lot more fire than the average Concord release! (Jazz, Latin)LP, Vinyl record album
A pretty wonderful tribute to the pioneering talents of conga great Chano Pozo and jazz trumpet giant Dizzy Gillespie – led by Poncho Sanchez and Terrence Blanchard! The set gets off to an incredible start on a medley in which the players so deftly blend Latin percussion, vocals and rhythms with Diz-indebted jazz – and that high quality is maintained throughout! Exciting, passionate play from the leaders and a group that includes Tony Banda on bass, Rob Hardt on sax, David Torres on piano, Francisco Torres on trombone and others. Includes "Chano Pozo Medley: Tin Tim Deo/Manteca/Guachi Guaro", Dizzy's incredible "Con Alma" and "Groovin' High", "Wandering Wonder", "Siboney", "Dizzy's Dashiki", "Nocturna", "Promenade", "Arinanara" and "Jack's Dilemma". CD
Two sweet very late Tjader albums on two cds – at a great price! A Fuego Vivo is a live septet set with the latin vibes master out front of Mark Levine on keys, the great percussionist Panco Sanchez on congas, and Gary Foster on alto and flute. It's a pretty atypically frenetic set for such a late date – with wonderfully tight, yet still quite jamming takes on "Serenita", "Ponco Con Dos Amigos", "Mindanao", "Tesoro", "Santo Domingo", "Naima" and "The Continental". Good Vibes is a very nice set of mellow west coast Latin vibes – sort of an updating of his classic 50s San Francisco groove on Fantasy. The host of California players includes Roger Glenn, Poncho Sanchez, and Gary Foster. The record features a remake of Cal's big hit from the 60s – "Guachi Guaro (Soul Sauce)" – plus the tracks "Doxy", "Cuban Fantasy", "Good Vibes", and "Shoshana". A really nice, lovingly assembled package of late Tjader – with vintage quality of material and attention to detail! (Jazz, Latin)CD
One of Poncho's excellent 80s sides for Concord/Picante – some of the finest Latin jazz recorded in the US at the time, taking the torch from the New York scene, and showing that west coast players could really keep the groove strong and true! Poncho leads a group that includes piano, trumpet, tenor, trombone, and timbales – and titles include "Night Walk", "Agua Dulce", "Yumbambe", "Mi Negra", "Siempre Me Va Bien", and "Cuidado". LP, Vinyl record album
A great early album by Poncho Sanchez – cut before he moved onto the smoother style of the Concord label, at a time when he was the hottest young thing on the west coast Latin scene! The sound is tight and jazzy, with lots of strong soloing on the best tunes – and a lineup that includes Gary Foster, Victor Pantoja, Alex Acuna, and Clare Fischer – who plays Fender Rhodes, Yamaha organ, and acoustic piano on the set. The album includes a nice version of Fischer's "Morning", plus the cuts "Pancho's Mambo", "Baila Mi Gente", "Mambo Terrifico", and "Al Pon Pan". LP, Vinyl record album
Very nice album of west coast Latin jazz tracks, recorded for the Discovery label, before the Concord/Picante mafia showed up on the scene! Poncho leads a tight little group that includes Clare Fischer on electric piano and Gary Foster on sax and flute. Most of the tracks are originals, and titles include "Pensativa", "I Remember Srping", "Vocarumba", "Pa' Los Chicanos", and "Bemberto". LP, Vinyl record album