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Album: Latin Spirits
# Song Title   Time
1)    Sambia Album Version More Info... 6:16
2)    Next Exit Album Version More Info... 4:30
3)    Latin Spirits Album Version More Info... 4:54
4)    Quieres Volver Album Version More Info... 6:18
5)    Going Back To New Orleans Album Version More Info... 4:42
6)    On Time Album Version More Info... 4:26
7)    Ju Ju Album Version More Info... 7:07
8)    Batiri Cha Cha Album Version More Info... 6:36
9)    The Things We Did Last Summer Album Version More Info... 6:29
10)    Tito In The City Album Version More Info... 4:29
11)    Early In The Mornin' Album Version More Info... 6:35
 

Album: Latin Spirits
# Song Title   Time
1)    Sambia Album Version More Info... 6:16
2)    Next Exit Album Version More Info... 4:30
3)    Latin Spirits Album Version More Info... 4:54
4)    Quieres Volver Album Version More Info... 6:18
5)    Going Back To New Orleans Album Version More Info... 4:42
6)    On Time Album Version More Info... 4:26
7)    Ju Ju Album Version More Info... 7:07
8)    Batiri Cha Cha Album Version More Info... 6:36
9)    The Things We Did Last Summer Album Version More Info... 6:29
10)    Tito In The City Album Version More Info... 4:29
11)    Early In The Mornin' Album Version More Info... 6:35
 
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  • Personnel: Poncho Sanchez (vocals, congas, percussion); Dale Spalding (vocasl, harmonica); Ledisi (vocals); Lon Price (soprano, alto & tenor saxophones); Sal Cracchiolo (trumpet, flugelhorn); Scott Martin (alto, tenor & baritone saxophones); Francisco Torres (trombone, background vocals); David Torres (piano, Hammond B-3 organ, background vocals); Chick Corea, Bruce Malament (piano); Tony Banda (bass, background vocals); Tom Gargano (bass); James Gadson (drums); Jose "Papo" Rodriguez (bongos, percussion, background vocals); Ramon Banda, Tiki Pasillas (timbales).
  • Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California and Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California between April 30 & May 8, 2001. Includes liner notes by Bill Milkowski.
  • Personnel: Poncho Sanchez (vocals, congas, percussion); David Spalding (vocals, harmonica); Ledisi (vocals); Randy Waldman (strings); Scott Martin, Lon Price (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Francisco Torres (trombone, background vocals); Chick Corea, David Torres, Bruce Malament (piano); James Gadson (drums); Jos‚ Papo Rodr¡guez (bongos, percussion, background vocals); Ricardo "Tiki" Pasillas, Ramon Banda (timbales); Tony Banda (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: John Burk; Poncho Sanchez; Bernie Kirsh.
  • Liner Note Author: Bill Milkowski.
  • Recording information: Capitol studios, Los Angeles, CA (04/30/2001-05/08/2001); Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA (04/30/2001-05/08/2001); G Studio Digital (04/30/2001-05/08/2001).
  • Arrangers: David Torres; Francisco Torres; Poncho Sanchez; Scott Martin; Lon Price.
  • Much marketing ado will no doubt be made over the wonderful dream-come-true nature of the legendary conguero's pairing with jazz piano great Chick Corea, in a setting which brings the latter back to his roots playing with Mongo Santamaria in the '60s. And the two Corea-touched tracks are definite highlights. He wrote the jumpy, heavy-chorded jam title track, which finds him doing call and response with feisty horns as Sanchez pitter patters fancifully in the background; the piano improvisations between these interactions are characteristically mind-boggling, as Corea switches off from bebop to hardcore Latin ivory sweeps. He also tackles the frisky Wayne Shorter piece "Juju," dipping and swooping over and under the horns as, once again, Sanchez works up a frenzy all around him. But Sanchez' vision extends way beyond just the Corea songs, as he creates an exciting travelogue through various styles that go beyond just Latin jazz. "Sambia" is sassy Havana salsa all the way, but the bluesy "Next Exit" -- featuring David Torres on piano -- is what might happen if Ramsey Lewis found himself at a Latin jazz party. The fun part of being a percussionist is surrounding yourself with brilliant soloists, and Sanchez picks a true winner in saxman Scott Martin, whose rich baritone drives "Next Exit." "Going Back to New Orleans" is all party blues with shouting voices and a Dr. John-like vocal by Dale Spalding. "Quieres Volver" is a dreamy romance set firmly in San Juan, with strings and Sanchez' own raspy vocals. Tucked deep into the disc are two other can't-miss spots on the itinerary: the festive Manhattan-styled jaunt "Tito in the City" (an obvious tribute to the mastery of Tito Puente) and the funky, struttin' "Early in the Morning," which recalls Louis Jordan's Calypso jive circa the mid-'40s (also featuring Spalding on lead vocals). Just when you think this disc can't get any better, Sanchez delights in making every next note and tour stop a surprise. ~ Jonathan Widran
Professional Reviews
Down Beat (4/02, pp.63-4) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Personable and alluring..."
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