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The Essential Tito Puente

Album: The Essential Tito Puente
# Song Title   Time
1)    Ran Kan Kan
2)    Swinging the Mambo
3)    Four Beat Cha Cha, Pt. 1
4)    Cuando Te Vea
5)    Tito Guajira
6)    Mambo Goz?n
7)    Night Hawk
8)    Witch Doctor's Nightmare
9)    Abaniquito
10)    Picadillo
11)    Mambo Beat
12)    Cao Cao Mani Picao
13)    Birdland After Dark
14)    Obatal? Yeza
15)    Chanchullo
16)    Pa' los Rumberos
17)    Hong Kong Mambo - (alternate take)
18)    What Is This Thing Called Love?
19)    Complicaci?n
20)    Tito Timbero
1)    Oye Como Va
2)    Cu?l Es la Idea
3)    Cayuco, El
4)    Son de la Loma
5)    3-D Mambo
6)    Cuban Nightmare
7)    Oye Mi Guaguanc? (Listen to the Guaguanc?)
8)    Take the "A" Train
9)    Elegua Chango
10)    Si Te Contara
11)    Cha-Con-Cha
12)    Dance Mania
13)    S?cala
14)    Ti Mon Bo
15)    Yambeque
16)    Lotus Land
17)    Malibu Beat
18)    Al Gozar Timbero
19)    Havana After Dark
20)    Mambo Buda
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Tito Puente (vocals, vibraphone, marimba, timbales); Tito Puente; Santos Colon (vocals, guiro); Otto Bolivar, Graciela Per?z Grillo, Victor Aviles, Vit?n Av?les (vocals); John "BJ John" Smith, Howard Collins, Barry Galbraith (guitar); Peter Fanelli (flute, saxophone, alto saxophone); Rafael Palan (flute, saxophone, tenor saxophone); Albert Socarras (flute); Shepp Pullman (saxophone, baritone saxophone); Eddie Caine, Gerald Sanfino, Tony Alfano, Edward Grimm, Irving Butler, Sol Rabinowitz, Gene Quill, Dave Kurtzer, Gene Zuizs, Tony Buonpastore, Allen Lehrfeld, Joe Herde, Marty Holmes, Sol Schlinger (saxophone); Larry Moser, Pedro "Puchi" Boulong, Frank Lo Pinto, Leon Merian, Patrick Larusso, Andres Merenguito Forda, Wilson Brignoni, Doc Severinsen, Myron D. Shain, Carl "Doc" Severinson, Tony Derisi, Gene Repetti, George Lopez , Nick Curbelo, Sam Seavors, Sam Scavone, Francis Williams , Nick Travis, John Frosk, Al DeRisi (trumpet); Sonny Russo, Santo Russo, Vahey Samuel Takvorian, Eddie Bert, Morty Trautman, Bob Ascher (trombone); Luis Verona, Al Escobar, Ray Concepcion (piano); Robert Rodriguez (acoustic bass); James Cobb, Todd Sommer (drums); Ramon "Mongo" Santamaria, A.D. Jimenez, Catalino Rol?n, Julio Collazo, Mongo Santamaria, Willie Rodriguez (congas); John "Dandy" Rodriguez, Louis "Chickie" Perez, Francisco Pozo (bongos); Vicentico Vald?s (vocals); Johnny Pacheco (flute); Bernie Glow, Vincent Frisaura (trumpet); Gilbert Lopez, Alvin Gellers (piano); Manny Oquendo (congas, bongos); Ray Barretto (congas, timbales); Candido Camero, Carlos "Patato" Valdes (congas); Ray Rodriguez, Willie Bobo, Jose Mangual (bongos).
  • Liner Note Author: Jim Payne.
  • Recording information: New York, NY (??/??/1949-08/12/1961).
  • Photographer: Joe Conzo.
  • 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.
Professional Reviews
Dirty Linen (p.53) - "[F]eaturing his best bands and players making some of the most infectiously rhythmic music on the planet."
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