(Los Angeles, CA) - GRAMMY® Award winner Poncho Sanchez released his first record in two years, Raise Your Hand (Concord Picante) on May 22. Sanchez has called on an array of guest artists to create a record that combines his bedrock Latin jazz style inherited from Cal Tjader, Tito Puente, and Mongo Santamaria with the funky brand of R&B and soul music that inspired him as a teenager in the 1960s.

"Raise Your Hand demonstrates all the reasons that Poncho is so beloved," says album producer and Concord Records' Executive Vice President of A&R, John Burk, "He brilliantly and seamlessly combines authentic Latin jazz with roots soul music." Raise Your Hand sees Poncho pay homage to his soul heroes such as the legendary Eddie Floyd. Stax icon Booker T. Jones and his MGs guitar player Steve Cropper add their funky licks to Floyd classics "Knock On Wood" and the title track, "Raise Your Hand."

"I love soul music -- the whole thing, from Motown and Stax to James Brown," Poncho readily admits. But the conguero will always stay true to the Latin jazz style he has come to master and define. "When we perform, I tell people, 'This is Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band,'" he concludes, strongly accenting the words "Latin jazz."