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Craft Latino: Tito Puente; Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe

Read "Craft Latino: Tito Puente; Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

One of the major benefits of the current vinyl renaissance is the availability of albums long forgotten, but in vital need of renewed attention. Concord Record's Craft imprimatur has been at the forefront in terms of releases that benefit from excellent sound and quality control. Especially fortuitous have been the reissues from the Latin music holdings of the Tico and Fania labels. This is classic music that now seems to have earned its rightful place among those who have far ...

Radio & Podcasts

Bah Humbug, Weather Music, Stocking Stuffer Singles

Read "Bah Humbug, Weather Music, Stocking Stuffer Singles" reviewed by David Brown

Personally, I do not celebrate Christmas. But for this week's show, I figured I'd get in the spirit and sprinkle a few offbeat holiday tunes into the mix. We start off with a Latin set with Pete Rugolo and His Orchestra's “Jingle Bells Mambo" followed by Herman's Heat and Puente's Beat; then a set of meteorological musings from Bill Orcutt and Red Garland; we'll then check out Monk's family Christmas work “A Merrier Christmas." The show will continue with a ...

Multiple Reviews

Tito Puente: The Complete 78's Volumes 1 - 3, Dance Mania, Jazz & Live at the 1977 Monterey Jazz Festival

Read "Tito Puente: The Complete 78's Volumes 1 - 3, Dance Mania, Jazz & Live at the 1977 Monterey Jazz Festival" reviewed by Russ Musto

Tito Puente The Complete 78's Volumes 1--3 Fania 2009 Tito Puente Dancemania: Legacy Edition 2-CD Set RCA-Legacy 2009 Tito Puente Jazz Fania2009 Tito Puente Live At The 1977 Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey Jazz Festival2009 No musician was more responsible in ...

Album Review

Tito Puente: The Rough Guide to Tito Puente

Read "The Rough Guide to Tito Puente" reviewed by Norman Weinstein

There are a hell of a lot of Tito Puente compilations on the market, with those on the Rhino and Concord labels leading the pack, so you may wonder about the sagacity of checking out yet another one. The good news is that The Rough Guide to Tito Puente is well worth your time, simply because it is the most eccentric gathering of the Latin percussion master's work during his prime years from the '60s to the '80s.You ...

Album Review

Tito Puente & the Golden Latin Jazz All Stars: Tito Puente Live at the Playboy Jazz Festival

Read "Tito Puente Live at the Playboy Jazz Festival" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

Quick and to the Point: A terrific live documentation of Puente’s distinctive foray in Jazz.

The group and music in this gig is already documented in two recordings. At first, the live ‘92 Village Gate performance as part of the now defunct “Salsa Meets Jazz” series. At that time, Paquito D’Rivera and Claudio Roditi were in the group instead of Mario Rivera and Charlie Sepúlveda , who became the mainstays through the duration of the existence of this ...

Album Review

Tito Puente: Party With Puente!

Read "Party With Puente!" reviewed by Jim Santella

A compilation from nine Concord Picante sessions, Party With Puente! includes selections from the following albums:

Out of this World El Rey Mambo Diablo Un Poco Loco Salsa Meets Jazz On Broadway Goza me Timbal Master Timbalero Mambo of the Times

Covering the period 1983-94, the albums feature strong Latin jazz performers such as congueros Francisco Aguabella & Jose Madera, trumpeters Jerry Gonzalez, Charlie ...

Album Review

Tito Puente: Oye Como Va: The Dance Collection

Read "Oye Como Va: The Dance Collection" reviewed by Robert Spencer

The liner notes say that Tito Puente “has truly made himself the King of Latin Music on This Planet." Until Sun Ra can convince the King of Latin Music on Saturn to pay us a visit, Tito will do just fine. Oye Como Va -- hear how it goes. From the sound of it on this compilation of Puente entries from the Eighties and Nineties, it goes with fiery, exuberant, stop-on-a-dime ensembles, plus soloists who probably don't get all the ...


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