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Poncho Sanchez: Afro-Cuban Fantasy

Poncho Sanchez and Dianne Reeves? What a concept! As it turns out, the exuberant singer makes good company for Sanchez’s 18th recording for the Concord Picante label. Sanchez treads some new ground here in presenting some of composer Clare Fischer’s songs in new Latin settings: His “I Remember Spring” (written with Lester Wintz,) is played with a bossa nova flair. “Morning,” which Sancez has played in the past as a cha cha, has instead a son feeling and features the characteristic 6/8 and 4/4 rhythmic changes of Cuban music. Latin music authority Maz Salazar contributes well-written and illuminating liner notes for armchair musicologists, although describing “I Remember Spring” as a samba is a stretch.

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