The Colors of Latin Jazz: Cha Cha Soul!

The Colors of Latin Jazz: Cha Cha Soul!


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Concord's The Colors of Latin Jazz series rounds up Latin jazz sounds originally released by their Concord Picante offshoot. The tunes on Cha Cha Soul! are a mix of Latin styles, but mainly focus on the cha cha and guajira rhythms, and are taken from records released between 1982 and 2003. Tracks by Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, Cal Tjader (with the great Carmen McRae), and Tito Puente provide marquee drawing power, and the rest of the performers aren't exactly unknowns in the Latin jazz field. None of the aforementioned performers are at the peak of their powers, but they turn in credible and often exciting dance music. Standout performances include McRae's gritty take on Santana's "Evil Ways" and Tito Puente and his band going to town on a live take of their classic "Oye Como Va." So while the sound of the record certainly reflects the time the songs were recorded, very clean and with most of the grease wiped away, this collection will satisfy fans of Latin jazz looking for a smooth and easy selection of modern sounds.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/2004
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431530923
catalogNumber: 5309
Rank: 25273

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pete Escovedo   Timbales
Arturo Sandoval   Coro
Dave Valentin   Flute,Coro
Armando Anthony Corea   fender rhodes
Eddie Resto   Bass
David Samuels   Vibes
Poncho Sanchez   Conga,Coro
Latin Jazz All Stars Big Band   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Ray Barretto   Composer
Tito Puente   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Eddie Harris   Composer
Chano Pozo   Composer
Charles Fox   Composer
Sonny Henry   Composer
Hector Martignon   Composer
Eddie Palmieri   Composer
Howard Schneider   Composer
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Michelle White   Illustrations

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