Sanchez and his conga drums head up an octet of players based in the
Afro-Cuban sound but bringing in soul music and funk for a red hot dish
that appeals to lots of listeners (but not that much to me). Sanchez
even brought in both Ray Charles and Sam Moore of Sam & Dave on
this recording. Ray is joined on One Mint Julep by B3 organist Billy
Preston and also does his own tune Mary Ann later on, where he is
joined by Dale Spalding on harmonica. Sam is heard in Hitch It to the
Horse. This is a very tight Latin band which sounds bigger than the
nine players, and the multichannel mix is very surrounding and bassy.
So dig it if it’s your thing!
Tracks: One Mint Julep, El Shing-A-Ling, Hitch It to the Horse, Saints
& Sinners, Mary Ann, Not Necessarily, Conmigo, JB’s Strut, Out of
Sight, El Tambor del Mongo.