Baila Mi Gente: Salsa!

Baila Mi Gente: Salsa!

by Poncho Sanchez


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Although instrumental Latin jazz is Poncho Sanchez's forte, the L.A. percussionist usually included one or two salsa tunes with vocals on his Concord albums of the 1980s and 1990s. Focusing primarily on Sanchez's salsa recordings, this excellent 1996 compilation spans 1982-1995 and draws on eight of his Concord albums. Sanchez is best known for his work as a percussionist, but the fact that he's far from a bad singer is evident on his infectious original "Baila Mi Gente" and versions of Eddie Palmieri's "Cuidate Compai" and the classic "Co Co My My." One of the disc's best-known tracks is "Sonando," a catchy cha-cha based on Ray Barretto's major hit "Cocinando." The exuberant "Este Son" would have been a better choice than "Soul Sauce" -- not because Sanchez's Cal Tjader-influenced take on that Dizzy Gillespie/Chano Pozo classic isn't enjoyable, but because "Este Son" is a better example of outright salsa. But despite that shortcoming, this is a highly rewarding CD that makes us wish Sanchez recorded salsa (as opposed to Latin jazz) a lot more.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/30/1996
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431470120
catalogNumber: 4701

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Poncho Sanchez   Primary Artist,Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Vocals,cowbell
Justo Almario   Alto Saxophone
Mark Levine   Trombone
Kenny Goldberg   Flute
Ramon Banda   Percussion,Drums,Timbales
Tony Banda   Bass
Gene Burkert   Flute
Sal Cracchiolo   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Andy Martin   Trombone
Scott Martin   Flute,Saxophone
Stan "Be Bop" Martin   Trombone,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dick Mitchell   Flute,Saxophone
Charlie Otwell   Piano
Bruce Paulson   Trombone
David Romero   Conga
David Torres   Piano
Art Valasco   Trombone
Arturo Velasco   Trombone
Tom Casey   Flute,Saxophone
Pedro Sánchez   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Vocals,cowbell
Alex Henderson   Trombone
Ruben Estrada   Vibes
Steve Huffsteter   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
José Papo Rodríguez   Percussion,Bongos

Technical Credits

Allen Farnham   Producer
Leonard Feather   Liner Notes
John Burk   Producer
Phil Edwards   Engineer,Remixing
Clark Germain   Engineer
Larry Hathaway   Producer
Carl Jefferson   Producer,Executive Producer
Chris Long   Producer
Keith Seppanen   Engineer
Allen Sides   Engineer
David Torres   Director
Carlos Lando   Liner Notes
Kent Judkins   Art Direction
Roy Daniels   Liner Notes
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar   Liner Notes
Helen Borgers   Liner Notes
Chuck Niles   Liner Notes
Liz Tjader   Liner Notes
Chico Mendoza   Liner Notes
Eddie Lopez   Liner Notes
Frank Marrone   Producer

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