3005 Old Ranch Parkway Seal Beach,
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For more than three decades, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of
straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety
of Latin American and South American sources. Throughout his career Sanchez has held
aloft the torch lit by such innovators as Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente and Cal Tjader,
embraced by each of those icons and entrusted to carry forward the traditions of Latin
Sanchez’s influences are numerous, and his catalogue is rich with his homages to several
of his mentors – Santamaria, Puente and Tjader among them. But alongside those Latin
pioneers, among the more prominent figures that inform his music is the iconic
saxophonist John Coltrane. On his latest album Trane’s Delight, Sanchez pays tribute to
the late jazz legend with Latin-tinged reimaginings of Coltrane classics as well as new
pieces composed in honor of the tenor titan.
Trane’s Delight continues Sanchez’s remarkable 37-year relationship with Concord, a rich
legacy that has now yielded 27 albums. The album features the conguero alongside his
longtime band; trombonist and musical director Francisco Torres, trumpet and flugelhorn
master Ron Blake, saxophonist Robert Hardt, pianist Andy Langham, bassists Rene
Camacho and Ross Schodek, and percussionists Joey DeLeon and Giancarlo Anderson.
The album provides a direct link from the 67-year old conguero to his 11-year old self,
who spent his own money on an album for the first time when he bought the 1962 classic
Coltrane. Ultimately, Trane’s Delight offers a tribute not only to the stellar music and
influence of the great John Coltrane, but a spotlight for the myriad ways that the tenor
giant’s explorations have fueled courageous artists like Poncho Sanchez. The results, as
on this passionate new album, would no doubt delight Trane’s searching spirit.