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Conga Blue: a Tribute to Mongo Santamaria

Mongo Santamaria, Poncho Sanchez Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Dec 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord
  • ASIN: B000003OZ4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,965 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Black Stockings (Album Version)Poncho Sanchez 5:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Besame Mama (Album Version)Poncho Sanchez 6:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mambo De Cuco (Album Version)Poncho Sanchez 6:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Conga Blue (Album Version)Poncho Sanchez 7:53Album Only
Listen  5. Dulce Amor (Album Version)Poncho Sanchez 5:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Manila (Album Version)Poncho Sanchez 5:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Watermelon Man (Album Version)Poncho Sanchez 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Happy Now (Album Version)Poncho Sanchez 7:01Album Only
Listen  9. Mon Pa Mon Po (Album Version)Poncho Sanchez 6:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Para Ti (Album Version)Poncho Sanchez 5:37£0.99  Buy MP3 

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album and great recording 14 May 2012
By cc660
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Beautiful album. Great recording by Concord Records, especially for multichannel music lovers: high definition and excellent channel separation, which allows you to appreciate the individual instruments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 12 Jun 2000
By xxx - Published on
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I disagree with the last review. On the contrary, this has emerged to me as the best Poncho Sanchez album. There are no weak cuts composed by the band (which does often happem), and the percussion is out of this world. It is true that the piano parts are weak, and have been since Charlie Otwell left the band, but where else do you have so much play on percussion during the montuno sections? The kind of percusive improvization you see on this album is badly needed in Latin Jazz. Yes the tempos or slow, but enjoy how the musicians weave through the music at the end of each cut, draw it out, and work with it. I prefer this to up tempo cuts with tight arangements. The percussion alone, which emerges strongly at the end of each tune, makes this album unique, and perhaps the most truly latin of all of Poncho Sanchez' work.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic display by El Mejor 16 July 2001
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Yes, the tempo is slow, but Santamaria and Poncho on the same recording itself is enough to make this worth listening to. The conga interaction with the rest of the percussion and the rest of the instruments is flawless. I could listen to this album all day! I think that this ranks high on my list of Sanchez albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Considered by some to be the best Latin Jazz CD of '96-'97 5 July 1998
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A truly superb album due to the collaboration with Mongo Santamaria (and the presence of a good horn section).
'Conga Blue' (the song) is extraordinary, while 'Dulce Amor' is beautifully rendered by very fine horn work. In other cuts, the congas highlight Sanchez's and Santamaria's talents. For example, 'Watermelon Man' is excellent (better than Santamaria's own rendition of this classic). The whole album sparkles with life.
For Poncho Sanchez aficionados, I believe this CD to be noticeably better than the very good "Chile con Soul" CD, because of Santamaria's participation and because Sanchez steps out and takes more risks, all of which work.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome multi-channel Poncho!! 23 Mar 2006
By John David Sullivan - Published on
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Latin-Jazz in sacd/multi-channel sound.Sign me up! There is very little latin-jazz available in the sacd format(and no salsa at all) So to be able to hear Pocho's spectacular conga drumming in full multi-channel glory is sonic nirvana! This is a great cd in any format but the sacd sonics elevate it above and beyond. Excellant production,latin percussion that will amaze and delight make this one a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Poncho Sanchez's Best 22 April 2001
By William Jones - Published on
Format:Audio CD
As far as I know, Mongo Santamaria came out of semi-retirement to play on this CD, and his presence adds greatness to an already very good concept album. "Besame Mama" is the vocal highpoint--so good it's chilling. Virtually every selection is a smoker.
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