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Poncho Sanchez: Trane’s Delight (Concord Picante)

Will we ever truly know the extent of the shadow John Coltrane casts over the jazz world? We’ve seen over the last two years how the jazz community converges around the news of his unearthed recordings, but we don’t always get to see the smaller instances of influence, where another young player hears the call … Read More “Poncho Sanchez: Trane’s Delight (Concord Picante)”

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Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard: Chano y Dizzy!

Chano was Chano Pozo, the Cuban-born conguero extraordinaire in Dizzy Gillespie’s orchestras until Pozo’s untimely death in 1948 at age 33. The first Latin percussionist in the Gillespie organization, he is generally credited with providing the influence-and the rhythms-that stimulated Gillespie to enthusiastically explore Afro-Cuban sounds. Poncho Sanchez, prolific Pozo disciple and master of the … Read More “Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard: Chano y Dizzy!”

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