(2004) The Colors Of Latin Jazz: Cha Cha Soul

Various Artists

... read moreConcord's The Colors of Latin Jazz series rounds up Latin jazz sounds originally released by their Concord Picante offshoot. The tunes on Cha Cha Soul! are a mix of Latin styles, but mainly focus on the cha cha and guajira rhythms, and are taken from records released between 1982 and 2003. Tracks by...

01:04′:20″ 11 Songs

1
Various Artists
One Mint Julep (Album Version)
5:10
2
Various Artists
Guajira Soul (Album Version)
3:33
3
Various Artists
Day Tripper
5:24
4
Various Artists
Evil Ways
5:14
5
Various Artists
Tell Me A Bedtime Story (Album Version)
6:04
6
Various Artists
Ay Que Rico (Oh How Good) (Album Version)
6:02
7
Various Artists
Guaji-Rita (Album Version)
5:42
8
Various Artists
Guarachi Guaro (Live)
6:37
9
Various Artists
La Cuna (Live)
8:55
10
Various Artists
Listen Here / Cold Duck Time (Medley / Live)
5:52
11
Various Artists
Oye Como Va (Live)
5:47
Released 01 January 2004, This Compilation ℗ 2004 Concord Records, Inc.

Review

Concord's The Colors of Latin Jazz series rounds up Latin jazz sounds originally released by their Concord Picante offshoot. The tunes on Cha Cha Soul! are a mix of Latin styles, but mainly focus on the cha cha and guajira rhythms, and are taken from records released between 1982 and 2003. Tracks by Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, Cal Tjader (with the great Carmen McRae), and Tito Puente provide marquee drawing power, and the rest of the performers aren't exactly unknowns in the Latin jazz field. None of the aforementioned performers are at the peak of their powers, but they turn in credible and often exciting dance music. Standout performances include McRae's gritty take on Santana's "Evil Ways" and Tito Puente and his band going to town on a live take of their classic "Oye Como Va." So while the sound of the record certainly reflects the time the songs were recorded, very clean and with most of the grease wiped away, this collection will satisfy fans of Latin jazz looking for a smooth and easy selection of modern sounds. ~ Tim Sendra