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 Sepulveda & Ray Vega, pianists Jorge Dalto and Sonny Bravo, and saxophonists Mario Rivera, Mike Turre & Bobby Porcelli. Part of Puente’s lasting appeal lies in the fact that he (1) never became predictable, and (2) carried on a high-energy performance every time out. Concord’s compilation bears witness to this testimony.
Edgardo Miranda, the featured guitar soloist for "On Broadway," provides a stellar performance with Puente’s smaller ensemble. "Killer Joe" and "Descarga" stand out for their "killer" piano and baritone saxophone solos, respectively, along with Puente’s big band. As solo vibraphonist for his cha cha cha "Azu Ki Ki," the leader sets up a passionate mood for an earth-shaking improvisation from his pianist. Again on vibes for "Guajira Soul," Puente trades fiery fours with flute. Of the four selections featuring the leader’s powerful timbale tirades, "Take Five" offers the most energy. Can you mambo in five? Thousands have.
Track Listing: Descarga; Oye Como Va; Take Five; Killer Joe; Ran Kan Kan; Guajira Soul; Salsa Caliente; On Broadway; Lambada Timbales; Azu Ki Ki; Things to Come.
I love jazz because it swings.
I was first exposed to jazz in Houston.
I met Joe LoCascio and Bob Henschen.
The best show I ever attended was Pat Martino.
The first jazz record I bought was Time Out by the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
My advice to new listeners is to relax on 2 and 4 beats.