庞秋．圣骑士的一生成为著名拉丁爵士乐传奇，1951年10月30日生於德州，在墨西哥大家庭中成长（母亲在13岁时为逃离墨西哥Poncho Villa革命来到美国），在洛杉磯成长，在这里并不常接触拉丁或非拉丁流行音乐。啟发他的是古巴籍非洲康加舞乐曲鼓手Mongo Santamaria，1975年因为加入电颤琴大师Cal Tjader 拉丁爵士乐团（直到1982年），年仅23岁时就成为打击乐手成为眾人注目的明星。1982年开始与Concord Records长达23年的22张专辑的合作，获得葛莱美奖（「Latin Soul」专辑）与多次葛莱美奖提名。
庞秋．圣骑士毫无疑问是拉丁爵士泰斗，与他的乐团好友Cal Tjader作许多拉丁音乐、爵士乐、灵魂乐、R&B、流行乐，录音与现场的演出，圣骑士运用少年时期影响甚多的加州非裔美国人专辑。不管是现场演唱会或是录音作品，都带有生动活泼的摇摆情调，这是圣骑士对於来自非洲－古巴乐风节奏融合波普爵士乐的光荣年代给予致上最高敬意。每首曲子、专辑名称及合作的艺术家，都有著圣骑士所经历的一小段故事。 乐团固定成员有键盘手David Torres、贝斯手Tony Banda，这个乐团带来源自60年代摇摆曲风的放克拉丁歌曲（funky Latin）。最新专辑「的放克拉丁歌曲（Do it!」中，圣骑士曾说过「我只是做一些在成长经历中令我尊敬与喜爱的东西，它就像是我生命的一部分」。
以专辑「Out of Sight!」为例，第一首灵魂原味的「One Mint Julep」有著拉丁曲风的节奏，编曲中有强而有力的小号声，集结如爵士歌手雷查尔斯（Ray Charles）、中音萨克斯风手Pee Wee Ellis、长号手Fred Westley、Hammond B-3式电风琴师Billy Preston等知名乐手。整张专辑是柔顺、轻鬆、属於Sanchez个人独特风格的曲风，就像是滑入至温暖的泡泡浴中或是倒在阿卡波可港的海滩上那么鬆软舒适。第二首「El Shing-A-Ling」唤起对boogaloo舞的狂热，主唱Poncho节奏感表现地相当準确。第三首运用爵士歌手Jonny C经典名曲「Hitch It To The Horse」的旋律与R&B歌手Sam Moore创造出新的火花。倒数第二首「Out of Sight」詮释Poncho偶像之一詹姆士布朗的爵士经典。在知名爵士音乐评论者Jesse “Chuy” Varela的文字介绍下，乐听者可以对Poncho Sanchez的音乐有相当程度的了解。
Audio CD (September 9, 2003)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Enhanced, Hybrid SACD - DSD
Label: Concord Records
Label:Concord Records – SACD-1031-6
Format:CD, SACD, Multichannel, Album
Genre:Funk / Soul, Jazz, Latin
SACD 5.1 ch + 2.0 ch
plus hybrid CD layer.
Release Date September 9, 2003
Genre Jazz Latin
Styles Afro-Cuban Jazz Cuban Jazz Latin Jazz World Fusion Changui
Recording Date March 3, 2003 - March 5, 2003
Review by Jonathan Widran [-]
The legendary conguero may be known as one of the modern kings of all jazz that's Latin, but he's also an old-school soul junkie at heart, having grown up in southern California in the '60s; while he was learning to play tropical Latin music professionally, his radio was full of classic Stax and Motown. Increasingly aware that classic R&B songs adapt well to the jazzy cha cha tempos that drive his ensemble, Sanchez evolves beautifully on the new collection into a style of Latin soul that's truly compelling. The opening track, the funky, brass-driven cha cha "One Mint Julep," features not only the organ arpeggios of Billy Preston, but also two of the horn guys from the James Brown band, Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis. "JB's Strut" funks out with the horniest of them, but Brown is paid even greater homage on blues/soul/big-band/Latin renderings of three of his tunes, "Saints and Sinners," "Out of Sight" (sung with a tongue-in-cheek Brown bravura by Sanchez), and "Conmigo." And while he's at it, Sanchez invites two legendary soul men to make things even more authentic. Sam Moore has a blast with the sassy "Hitch It to the Horse," while Ray Charles adds his whimsical touch to the salsified blues tune "Mary Ann." The remaining question is, just where is the Godfather of Soul himself? Hopefully, he's proud of one of the most unique tributes to him ever fashioned.
5.0 out of 5 stars Poncho Sanchez "Out of Sight" September 9, 2003
By Jack Gechter
I bought an advance copy of this cd on ebay because I could not wait for the regular cd to hit the market. I like it so much that I'm going to also buy the regular cd, so that I can read all the great info in the insert booklet. If you are a huge Poncho fan like me,you will not be dissapointed.This cd is a great tribute to Ray Charles,James Brown,& Mongo Santamaria(El Tambor de Mongo).It's done as only Poncho can do it...con mucha salsa....viva Poncho Sanchez
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Out of Sight January 13, 2006
By D. Huang
When I heard that Poncho Sanchez, once dubbed the King of Latin Jazz, was pulling together a collaborative work with the likes of Ray Charles, I knew that I had to have this album. And it has not disappointed.
The arrangements and composition are amazing as usual. The music jives with the salsa and excitement you expect from Poncho Sanchez. But what makes this album unique is the throw back to the old time singers who pull together dance tunes with the feel of the 50s and 60s with the rhythm of today's hot latin grooves.
This is an album that is a must buy for folks who love Poncho Sanchez and love fusion music.
Published: November 2, 2003
Poncho Sanchez: Out Of Sight
Latin jazz drummer and band leader Pancho Sanchez can always be counted upon to record solidly entertaining Latin jazz albums, and Out of Sight keeps his proud reputation alive. This has more of a '60s retro-soul feel than any of his previous twenty one albums, with guest shots by Ray Charles (on a funky latin version of "Mary Ann") and horn men Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley from the old James Brown band.
But the big name guests are really just icing on the cake. This is essentially a primo dance album glued together by the ferociously danceable grooves established by Sanchez's eight-man band. The leader executes some gruff vocals and drums his heart out. The session has a delightfully playful feel, maintaining a fusion of cha cha cha, boogaloo and R&B that is seriously catchy without the musicians taking themselves too seriously. Yet the moving final cut, "El Tambor Del Mondo," seems to come out of a different state of mind: a kind of ambituously conceived mini- concerto grosso for drums and brassy band, a reminder how Sanchez is always an evolving artist worth hearing seriously.
Track Listing: 1. One MintJulep, 2. El Shing-A-Ling, 3. Hitch It To the Horse, 4. Saints & sinners, 5. Mary Ann, 6. Not Necessarily, 7. Conmigo, 8. JB's Strut, 9. Out of Sight, 10. El Tambor Del Mongo
Personnel: Pancho Sanchez, David Torres, Tony Banda, George Ortiz, Sal Vasquez, Serofin Aguilar, Scott Martin, Francisco Torres, Ray Charles, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Billy Preston, Dale Spauding, Sam Moore, Francisco Aguabella.
Out of Sight!
By Javier Quinones
If your four-year-old granddaughter dances spontaneously to the opener of a recording, something is right about it. "One Mint Julep" on Poncho Sanchez's Out of Sight! was responsible for such happiness.
The most popular band in Latin jazz returns with a few young ones aboard, such as percussionist and tresero Sal Vasquez, timbalero George Ortiz and trumpeter Serafin Aguilar. The prospects get the dreamy task of sharing their initial foray into Ponchohood with special guests noted for their labor in soul music and R&B, with Ray Charles topping the list of special invitees on Out of Sight! (which Sanchez considers his best yet).
On the 1950s soul hit "Mary Ann," Charles' tastily aged vocals suit Sanchez's heavy-handed, tight and steady conga backbeat. Delicious organ and piano comping, a rhythmically mean harmonica and rich sax and trombone solos punch up the R&B-influenced horn arrangement that characterizes this eminently danceable reinterpretation. Meanwhile, on "Hitch It to the Horse" legendary soul crooner Sam Moore and Sanchez's congas trade compelling verses, which are heated by the flaming tenor sax of guest Pee Wee Ellis-and the funk is right on!
Both "Not Necessarily" and "Conmigo" heat up the working band, with Ortiz featuring a smoking contemporary timbale solo in the former and Vasquez getting warm with a Cuban tres spotlight in the latter. The album closes with "El Tambor del Mongo," and Sanchez is joined by fellow Californian Francisco Aguabella on batas to honor the late Mongo Santamar¡a on the David Torres composition (whose overall work in this recording must be commended).
The hybrid SACD format does enhance the experience of this great music.
01. One Mint Julep 5:07
02. El Shing-A-Ling 5:45
03. Hitch It To The Horse 3:56
04. Saints & Sinners 4:00
05. Mary Ann 5:05
06. Not Necessarily 4:33
07. Conmigo 6:45
08. JB's Strut 5:04
09. Out Of Sight 3:46
10. El Tambor Del Mongo 8:19