The Essential Tito Puente
Performer: Tito Puente
Artist: Ray Barretto; Willie Bobo; Carlos "Patato" Valdez; Mongo Santamaria
Producer: Jerry Rappaport (Compilation)...
Distributor: BMG (distributor)
Notes: Personnel: Tito Puente (vocals, vibraphone, timbales); Graciela Per�z Grillo, Vicentico Vald�s (vocals); Johnny Pacheco (flute); Doc Severinsen, Bernie Glow, Vincent Frisaura (trumpet); Gilbert Lopez, Alvin Gellers, Ray Concepcion (piano); Robert Rodriguez (acoustic bass); Manny Oquendo, Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto, Candido Camero, Carlos "Patato" Valdes (congas); Ray Rodriguez, Willie Bobo, Jose Mangual (bongos). Liner Note Author: Jim Payne. A remarkably well selected two-disc collection, THE ESSENTIAL TITO PUENTE focuses on the Latin-music icon's heyday, from 1949 to 1960. Endlessly enthusiastic, undeniably charming, and prodigiously talented, Puente was the king of New York City's mambo scene in the '50s, fascinating jubilant crowds at the Palladium and other esteemed venues with his stunning skill as both a bandleader and a percussionist. Highlights of this amazingly solid set include the lively "Mambo Gozon," the frenetic "Pa' Los Rumberos," and the utterly infectious "Oye Como Va," later famously covered by Santana. All of these tunes feature boisterous horn charts and an intricate web of percussion, making them instantly appealing. Anyone with even the slightest interest in Latin music will enjoy this excellent 40-track compilation.
Dirty Linen (p.53) - "[F]eaturing his best bands and players making some of the most infectiously rhythmic music on the planet."
New York City-born percussionist Tito Puente infused his big-band music with the mambo sound he helped to popularize in the US. He started out playing with the likes of Noro Morales and Machito before starting his own band in the late 1940s. Known as "King of the Mambo," Puente styled himself after the great swing-era band leaders, and ruled for years over a dance-oriented world of Latin rhythms spiced with jazz and pop. Through mambo, cha-cha, salsa, and more, Puente's career weathered the ups and downs of musical trends, and the iconic band leader, who passed away in 2000, ranks as a legend of Latin jazz.
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