Oye Como Va: The Dance Collection

Oye Como Va: The Dance Collection

by Tito Puente
     
 

Given Tito Puente's staggeringly prolific output of recordings, obviously no single disc can sum it up, so Concord Picante sensibly calls this compendium a "dance" collection. With the aim to keep the mambos, guajiras and cha chas moving and grooving foremost in mind, there is still a great deal of variety in this CD -- powerhouse big-band sounds, classic eight-piece… See more details below

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Given Tito Puente's staggeringly prolific output of recordings, obviously no single disc can sum it up, so Concord Picante sensibly calls this compendium a "dance" collection. With the aim to keep the mambos, guajiras and cha chas moving and grooving foremost in mind, there is still a great deal of variety in this CD -- powerhouse big-band sounds, classic eight-piece salsa ensembles, lots of burning jazz solos from such firebrands as sax veteran Mario Rivera, and even a touch of the Orient on "Chang." In a bit of a surprise, there are several welcome featured marimba solos for Puente, along with his standard timbales explosions and animated vibraphone spots. Though Puente has a fairly deep backlog of Picante material from which to choose, the live 1984 El Rey album receives far more attention than its cousins -- four uninterrupted cuts close the album. But the concentration is worth the space, for we hear one of his hottest versions of "Oye Como Va," as well as other potent examples of how Puente could and still can fire up an audience. The whole package is a testament to Puente's apparently unquenchable vitality in what would be anyone else's dotage. You can definitely dance to this.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/1997
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431478027
catalogNumber:
4780
Rank:
48014

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tito Puente   Primary Artist,Percussion,Conductor,Marimbas,Timbales,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Vibes
Jorge Dalto   Piano
Tony Lujan   Trumpet
Charlie Sepulveda   Trumpet
Mary Fettig   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Michael Philip Mossman   Trumpet
Jerry Gonzalez   Conga
Francisco Aguabella   Conga
Sonny Bravo   Piano
Sam Burtis   Trombone
Juan Ceballos   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Jeff Cressman   Trombone
Jimmy Delgado   Percussion
Jimmy Frisaura   Trumpet,Bass Trumpet
Mitch Frohman   Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ray Gonzalez   Trumpet
Renaldo Jorge   Trombone
Lewis Kahn   Trombone
Jose Madera   Percussion,Conga
Rebeca Mauleón   Hand Clapping
Bill Ortiz   Trumpet
Bobby Porcelli   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Dan Reagan   Trombone
Mario Rivera   Woodwind
Bobby Rodriguez   Bass
John "Dandy" Rodriguez   Percussion,Bongos,Timbales,Background Vocals
John Santos   Percussion,Bongos
Arturo Velasco   Trombone
Wayne Wallace   Trombone
Harvey Wainapel   Alto Saxophone
Louis Bauzo   Percussion
Robbie Kwock   Trumpet
John Walsh   Trumpet
Ray Vega   Trumpet
Millie Puente   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Rubén Rodríguez   Bass
José Papo Rodríguez   Percussion,Bongos
David "Piro" Rodríguez   Trumpet,Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Tito Puente   Arranger,Director,Producer
Phil Edwards   Engineer
Cesar Portillo de la Luz   Composer
Cesar Narciso De Luz Portillo   Composer
Carl E. Jefferson   Producer

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