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Poncho Sanchez: Psychedelic Blues

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It’s curious that Poncho Sanchez chose to title his 24th album for Concord Picante Psychedelic Blues: The name, borrowed from the third track on the album, conjures up images of ’60s rock acts like Cream and Hendrix jamming the night away at excruciatingly loud volumes while a light show pulsates behind them. But that’s not what you get on Sanchez’s version of the psychedelic blues-not at all. In fact, the conguero and bandleader has jettisoned the homages to classic Motown and Stax R&B that defined 2003’s Outa Sight and 2007’s Raise Your Hand in favor of the more purist and tightly arranged traditional Latin jazz he perfected long ago.

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