Poncho Sanchez and
Terrence Blanchard = Chano y Dizzy!
Poncho Sanchez and Terrence Blanchard = Chano y
Dizzy!: Chano Pozo Medley: Tin Tin
Deo/Manteca/Guachi Guaro, Con Alma, Wandering Wonder, Siboney, Dizzy's Dashiki,
Groovin' High, Nocturna, Harris' Walk, Promenade, Jack's Dilemma, Ariñañra
Sanchez: Lead Vocals, Percussion; Terrence Blanchard: Trumpet; Tony Banda: Bass,
Vocals; Ron Francis Blake: Trumpet; Joey De Leon, Jr.: Bongos, Percussion, Drums;
Rob Hardt: Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone; George Ortiz: Timbales; David
Torres: Piano; Francisco Torres: Trombone, Vocals
Poncho Sanchez and
Terrence Blanchard = Chano y Dizzy! was
produced by Poncho Sanchez and Francisco Torres with Executive Producers John Burk and Ivory Daniel (Poncho Sanchez's
daughter) on the Concord Music Group
Poncho Sanchez summarizes the
inspiration behind the 11-track release as, "These two musicians were the
pioneers of what is now known as Latin Jazz. Chano Pozo was a genius. He's
considered the godfather of the conga drummers, and he's someone whom I respect
a great deal. And of course, Dizzy Gillespie was an iconic artist in American Jazz.
I had the honor and pleasure of working with him on several occasions. These
guys were the first musicians to bring elements of Latin music to American Jazz
- which has resulted in some of the greatest music of the last 50 or 60 years.
I felt that it was time to pay tribute to them and their accomplishments."
The release opens with a
medley of Tin Tin Deo, Manteca and
Guachi Guaro, written by Chano Pozo, a driving sound lead by the rhythmic
patter on the congas complemented by a duet between Terrence Blanchard on
trumpet and Poncho's vocals; the tune sizzles as the band livens up the
arrangement and they let it all out leaving nothing in their instruments.
The track Con Alma, written by Dizzy Gillespie, is
a melodic arrangement that features Terrence's trumpet prowess as he glides
through tempo changes that Dizzy would be applauding. Terrence Blanchard
contributes the track Wandering Wonder
to the release that reflects the multiple influences of Jazz, Latin Jazz, and
Soul; it is a pulsating arrangement that carries a big band horn section with a
hard bass and percussion line.
The track Siboney (Ernesto Lecuona) is an old
Cuban song that is a favorite of Poncho and that he felt complemented the
tribute to Chano and Dizzy. A mesmerizing beautiful melody made even more
enchanting by Terrance's trumpet and the melodic percussion line. Groovin' High, another Dizzy Gillespie
track, is rearranged from its swing format to a mambo beat and the transition
fits like a glove.
Other tracks on the release
include, Nocturna, a soft track
featuring an elegant trumpet and percussion segment, Harris' Walk, a funky
arrangement that lends itself perfectly to the Latin vibe, Promenade, Jack's Dilemma,
and Ariñañara, a salsa arrangement and
a wrap-around song that closes the release with a similar vibe.
For multi-Grammy winner
trumpeter Terrence Blanchard, "The great thing about this band is that they
take a very traditional approach to Latin music. They pay a lot of attention to
the detail of the specific rhythms they're playing, and they understand the
historical significance of keeping that heritage alive."
For Poncho Sanchez, "Latin Jazz
is the world's greatest music. It has the melodic and harmonic sophistication
of Jazz and American standards, and the flavor and energy of Latin American
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