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Poncho Sanchez - Raise Your Hand (2007)

4 July 2007
Music, Jazz

Poncho Sanchez - Raise Your Hand (2007)


Artist: Poncho Sanchez
Title Of Album: Raise Your Hand
Year Of Release: May 22, 2007
Label: Concord Records
Genre: Jazz, Latin Jazz
Quality/Bitrate: MP3 / VBR kbit/s / 44.1 Khz / Joint Stereo
Total Time: 49:07 min
Total Size: 68,2 mb
WebSite: http://www.ponchosanchez.com/

Track List:
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01 - raise your hand 03:46
02 - tropi blue 05:05
03 - shotgun 03:52
04 - el agua de belen 06:10
05 - rosarito 03:53
06 - maceo's house 05:50
07 - donde va chichi 06:22
08 - gestation 04:52
09 - amor con amor 05:46
10 - knock on wood 03:31

Review by Rick Anderson
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Conguero Poncho Sanchez grew up on salsa and Latin jazz, but his musical influences also included large doses of Stax and Muscle Shoals R&B. So for his latest album, he decided to pay tribute to both traditions: the result is a strange but seriously fun jumble of soul, salsa, son and jazz. Gratefully, he generally avoids trying to fuse them all into a single hybrid musical style; instead, he jumps from one to the other. The album opens and closes with classic-style soul songs: "Raise Your Hand" and "Knock on Wood," both featuring singer Eddie Floyd, organist Booker T. Jones, and guitarist Steve Cropper. In between is a range of material that includes a brilliant straight-ahead salsa number featuring Andy Monta?ez titled "El Agua de Belen," the gorgeous "Amor con Amor," a very fine Maceo Parker showcase titled "Maceo's House" (which actually does blend soul and Latin influences, and carries it off nicely) and a couple of less compelling numbers as well. But even the nice-but-not-earthshaking "Gestation" offers plenty of fun, and there really is not a single track on this album that is anything less than thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended overall.


Personnel
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Poncho Sanchez congas, bells, guiro, lead vocals on "Raise Your Hand," "Shotgun," "Amor con Amor," and "Knock On Wood" David Torres piano, Hammond B-3 Organ Javier Vergaratenor & alto saxophones, flute Ron Blake trumpet, flugelhorn Francisco A. Torres trombone, background vocals Tony Banda bass, background vocals George Ortiz timbales Joey De Leon bongos, congas, guiro, bata, chekere, background vocals

With Special Guests:
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Eddie Floyd vocals on "Raise Your Hand" and "Knock On Wood" Booker T. Jones Hammond B-3 Organ on "Raise Your Hand" and "Knock On Wood" Steve Cropper guitar on "Raise Your Hand" and "Knock On Wood" Maceo Parker alto sax on "Shotgun" and "Maceo's House" Scott Martin baritone sax Andy Monta?ez lead vocal on "El Agua de Belen" Jos? "Perico" Hernandez lead vocal on їD?nde Va Chichip? John Burk rhythm guitar on "Maceo's House" Joey Heredia lead vocal on "Raise Your Hand," "Shotgun," and "Knock On Wood"


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