Oye Como Va: The Dance Collection

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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: 9/2/1997
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431478027
  • Catalog Number: 4780
  • Sales rank: 59,523

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mambo King (3:10)
  2. 2 Mambo Gallego (5:06)
  3. 3 Chang (4:22)
  4. 4 Mambo Diablo (4:09)
  5. 5 Ode to Cachao (6:33)
  6. 6 Maria Cervantes (5:04)
  7. 7 Machito Forever (5:59)
  8. 8 Picadillo a Lo Puente (3:50)
  9. 9 Tito's Colada (3:39)
  10. 10 Delirio (5:15)
  11. 11 Oye Como Va (5:42)
  12. 12 Ran Kan Kan (5:08)
  13. 13 El Rey del Timbal (3:07)
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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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