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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 with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com