The American-born percussionist Poncho Sanchez is one of the leading congueros in the world, and has mastered a dizzying number of styles and genres, including salsa, mambo, funk, and various gradations of jazz. He got his start in the 1960s playing with vibraphonist Cal Tjader's outfit, and lending his zesty playing to countless albums, including those by Latin heavy-hitters Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria. Sanchez eventually started his own brass-heavy group, Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, whose recordings have garnered consistent critical praise and a Grammy in 2000. ~ Rovi Staff
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