Poncho Sanchez

Psychedelic Blues is Poncho Sanchez’s new album and twenty-fourth recording on Concord Records. The album features a more Latin jazz influenced sound honoring the tradition of Sanchez’s earlier Concord recordings.

Psychedelic Blues is Sanchez’s tribute to the traditional Latin jazz roots and musical memories of his childhood. The album opens with the simmering “Cantaloupe Island,” a Herbie Hancock composition recast in a Latin jazz groove. The title track is a fast-moving mambo, originally written by Sonny Henry and arranged here by Francisco Torres.

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More than anything else, Poncho Sanchez is a storyteller. And, as leader of the most popular Latin jazz group in the world today, it's his congas and seasoned ensemble that do the talking. Live in concert or on recordings, they spin vivacious tales that pay homage to the glories of a half-century tradition that was born when Afro-Cuban rhythms merged with bebop. One-on-one, the Chicano conguero is equally expressive, recounting in vivid detail the encounters, friendships, and passions that have contributed to his remarkable career as a bandleader and recording artist. Behind the choice of every song, album title and guest artist, there's a story Poncho Sanchez delights in telling.

Do It!, the latest in a long series of releases that began in 1982 for Concord Picante, is no exception. “Its name is taken from the tune by our trombone player Francisco Torres that was originally called 'Duet,'” Sanchez explains. “It features a duet between the trombone and tenor sax. For a while, we even called it 'Brothers Duet,' and then Francisco suggested we just call it 'Do It.' When we announce it at gigs, the audience starts yelling, 'Do it, do it!' So, I said, 'Well, there it is. That has to be the title for the new CD!'”

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