Rey

Rey

by Tito Puente
     
 

This session, originally released in 1984 in a garish, psychedelic cover that's too bizarre for words, marks Tito Puente's temporary return to the small-combo sound that originally made his name, after several years at the head of various big bands. (Of course, in Puente terms, ten pieces qualify as a small combo.) The set list is a nice mix of Puente originals and… See more details below

Overview

This session, originally released in 1984 in a garish, psychedelic cover that's too bizarre for words, marks Tito Puente's temporary return to the small-combo sound that originally made his name, after several years at the head of various big bands. (Of course, in Puente terms, ten pieces qualify as a small combo.) The set list is a nice mix of Puente originals and jazz standards, with a powerhouse, frenzied version of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" and a slinky, swaggering reworking of Puente's signature song, "Oye Como Va" (with some amazing, full-bodied flute work courtesy of Mario Rivera) among the highlights. The salsa and jazz combo is at their most explicit in an extended, rump-shaking medley of the standard "Stella by Starlight" and Puente's own "Delirio." Unfortunately, only that tune and a hypnotic, conga-driven take on the oldie "Equinox" break the five-minute barrier, which means that the players don't have the room to stretch out that the best salsa albums provide. That quibble aside, El Rey proves only that several decades into his career, Tito Puente still deserves his title.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431425021
catalogNumber:
4250
Rank:
195088

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tito Puente   Primary Artist,Percussion,Leader,Marimbas,Timbales,Vibes,Track Performer,Timbalitos
Jorge Dalto   Piano,Electric Piano
Francisco Aguabella   Conga
Rudy Calzado   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Santos Colon   Track Performer
Jimmy Frisaura   Valve Trombone
Ray Gonzales   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Ray Gonzalez   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jose Madera   Conga,Timbales
Mario Rivera   Flute,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Rodriguez   Bass
John "Dandy" Rodriguez   Bongos,Vocals
Andy Senatore   Vocals,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Tito Puente   Composer,Producer
Phil Edwards   Engineer
Hugh Wyatt   Liner Notes

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