Live at the Village Gate

Live at the Village Gate

by Tito Puente
     
 
In 1992, Tito Puente organized an astonishing band of Latin jazz superstars to play a week at New York's Blue Note. With a front line of horn players including Paquito D'Rivera, Dave Valentin, Claudio Roditi, and Mario Rivera; and a rhythm section including pianist Hilton Ruiz and the pairing of the unparalleled conguero, Mongo

Overview

In 1992, Tito Puente organized an astonishing band of Latin jazz superstars to play a week at New York's Blue Note. With a front line of horn players including Paquito D'Rivera, Dave Valentin, Claudio Roditi, and Mario Rivera; and a rhythm section including pianist Hilton Ruiz and the pairing of the unparalleled conguero, Mongo Santamaria, with Giovanni Hidalgo, with the most virtuosic conga player to come down the pike since Mongo, the Golden Latin Jazz All Stars were a breathtaking aggregation. This set, recorded at the popular "Salsa Meets Jazz" series at the now defunct Village Gate not long after the Blue Note debut, is exceptional. These hot-to-trot players dig into the classic repertoire -- including knockout versions of Puente's "Oye Como Va," Santamaria's "Afro Blue," and Miles Davis's "Milestones" -- like a pride of lions polishing off a half dozen gazelles.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Tito Puente's Golden Jazz All-Stars, featured on Live at the Village Gate, was an all-star nonet filled with loads of talent: Puente, trumpeter Claudio Roditi, altoist Paquito D'Rivera, flutist Dave Valentin, pianist Hilton Ruiz, bassist Andy Gonzalez, drummer Ignacio Berroa, and Giovanni Hidalgo and Mongo Santamaria on percussion. The music is primarily familiar standards (including "Afro Blue," a 12-and-a-half minute "Milestones," "Oye Como Va," and Valentin's flute feature on "I Loves You Porgy") with each of the impressive musicians getting their solo spots. This is a CD that is as good as it looks, living up to its potential!

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/1996
Label:
Rmm Records
UPC:
0602828087920
catalogNumber:
80879

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tito Puente   Primary Artist,Timbales,Vocals
Paquito D'Rivera   Alto Saxophone
Hilton Ruiz   Piano
Dave Valentin   Flute
Giovanni Hidalgo   Bongos,Conga,Drums
Ignacio Berroa   Drums
Andy González   Bass
Mario Rivera   Soprano Saxophone
Claudio Roditi   Trumpet
Mongo Santamaría   Conga
Tito Puente's Golden Jazz All Stars   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Tito Puente   Arranger
Hilton Ruiz   Arranger
Dave Valentin   Arranger
Marty Sheller   Arranger
John Harris   Engineer
Claudio Roditi   Arranger
Jack Hooke   Producer,Liner Notes
Elena C. Martínez   Art Direction
Ricardo Betancourt   Artwork
Ralph Mercado   Executive Producer
Alfredo Cruz   Producer,Liner Notes

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