Pucho And His Latin Soul Brothers – Mucho Pucho (1997/2016)

Pucho And His Latin Soul Brothers - Mucho Pucho (1997/2016)
Artist: Pucho And His Latin Soul Brothers
Album: Mucho Pucho
Label: Timeless Records/Solid Records
Year Of Release: 1997/2016
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)

Tracklist:
01 – The Latin Soul Brothers
02 – Theme From ”Mission Impossible”
03 – Kool & The Gang I
04 – Heat
05 – Blues March
06 – DJ Russ Dewbury Mambo
07 – The Pain
08 – Got My Mojo Workin
09 – Floridian Nights
10 – Kool & The Gang II

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Personnel:
Henry “Pucho” Brown – leader, timbales
John “Madhatter” Spruill – piano, organ
Marvin Horne – guitar
Jon Hart – bass
Eddie Pazant – alto saxophone
Al Pazant – trumpet
Lawrence Killian – congas
Ricky “Bongo” James – bongos, percussion
Ernesto Colon – drums, congas, percussion
Joe Locke – vibraphone
Pamela Fleming – trumpet, flugelhorn
Chaka Tonge – percussion
Seku Tonge – percussion
Mc Babee Power – vocals

Henry “Pucho” Brown and his reconstituted nine-piece (plus three guests) Latin Soul Brothers are clearly in no mood to settle down into one bag on this wildly and refreshingly eclectic import CD, where traditional Latin rhythms and various R&B idioms meet and clash. The tone of this free-thinking band is set right at the beginning when rapper McBabee Power accurately informs us that the band is “about to get down with the old/new sound” over the fused Latin/hip-hop groove of “The Latin Soul Brothers.”

“Kool And the Gang I” is devoted to ’70s funk with James Brown-style rhythm guitar chonking and an insistent drive that goes on for nearly ten minutes (a reprise at the album’s close picks it right up again from where it left off). Elsewhere, the band trades in mambos, slow cha-chas, guajiras and soul grooves in various states of heat, with an occasional, particularly fluid turn on the vibes by guest Joe Locke.

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