Poncho Sanchez – Out Of Sight! (2003) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 52:38 minutes | Scans included | 3,37 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 52:45 mins | Scans | 1,08 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Concord Records # SACD-1031-6
Conguero Poncho Sanchez is one of the movers and shakers in Latin jazz. But while growing up in the 1960s, he was obsessed with the classic Stax and Motown sounds, and this influence peeks out from time to time in his music. Never more so than on Out Of Sight!, which actually functions as a tribute to his hero James Brown. Here Sanchez makes it funky with such soulful luminaries as Billy Preston, Ray Charles (who sings his classic “Mary Ann”), Sam Moore (of Sam And Dave fame), and Brown alumni Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis. Suffice it to say, Sanchez’s band and guests dig a groove deep enough to make the Godfather proud. They don’t rely on the hits either; instead, choosing some lesser-known 1960s boogaloo gems and Brown jams, as well as some groovy new originals. Sanchez is surprisingly impressive on vocals here, but it’s the tight and funky Latin arrangements that make this so super bad.
The legendary conguero may be known as one of the modern kings of all jazz that’s Latin, but he’s also an old-school soul junkie at heart, having grown up in southern California in the ’60s; while he was learning to play tropical Latin music professionally, his radio was full of classic Stax and Motown. Increasingly aware that classic R&B songs adapt well to the jazzy cha cha tempos that drive his ensemble, Sanchez evolves beautifully on the new collection into a style of Latin soul that’s truly compelling. The opening track, the funky, brass-driven cha cha “One Mint Julep,” features not only the organ arpeggios of Billy Preston, but also two of the horn guys from the James Brown band, Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis. “JB’s Strut” funks out with the horniest of them, but Brown is paid even greater homage on blues/soul/big-band/Latin renderings of three of his tunes, “Saints and Sinners,” “Out of Sight” (sung with a tongue-in-cheek Brown bravura by Sanchez), and “Conmigo.” And while he’s at it, Sanchez invites two legendary soul men to make things even more authentic. Sam Moore has a blast with the sassy “Hitch It to the Horse,” while Ray Charles adds his whimsical touch to the salsified blues tune “Mary Ann.” The remaining question is, just where is the Godfather of Soul himself? Hopefully, he’s proud of one of the most unique tributes to him ever fashioned.
01. One Mint Julep
02. El Shing-A-Ling
03. Hitch It To The Horse
04. Saints & Sinners
05. Mary Ann
06. Not Necessarily
08. JB’s Strut
09. Out Of Sight
10. El Tambor Del Mongo