Party at Puente's Place

Party at Puente's Place

by Tito Puente
     
 

Tito Puente was one of the most popular Latin jazz bandleaders during a fair portion of his career. This slim-line two-CD compilation combines two of his best releases from his the early days of his work for Concord Jazz, originally released separately as Broadway and Mambo Diablo. Puente explores standards, classic jazz compositions, music from…  See more details below

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Tito Puente was one of the most popular Latin jazz bandleaders during a fair portion of his career. This slim-line two-CD compilation combines two of his best releases from his the early days of his work for Concord Jazz, originally released separately as Broadway and Mambo Diablo. Puente explores standards, classic jazz compositions, music from Brazilian masters as well as his own works, and is joined by a potent group that includes pianist Jorge Dalto, multi-reed player Mario Rivera and trumpeter Ray Gonzalez. Puente's arrangement of Duke Ellington's timeless ballad "Sophisticated Lady" picks up speed during his brief solo on vibes, while the added percussion gives it an entirely different sound. Likewise, the sassy treatment of Toots Thielemans' "Bluesette" is very fresh. The performance of "On Broadway" showcases Edgardo Miranda initially on guitar, then he switches to cuatro, obviously influenced by George Benson's hit recording from the late 1970s. The furious rendition of Milton Nascimento's "Salt Song" finds the band building upon a repeated vamp for several choruses before releasing into its easygoing theme, spotlighting Rivera's mellow tenor sax. Puente's "T.P.'s Especial" is straight-ahead salsa, with violinist Alfredo de la Fe sometimes suggesting the influence of Stuff Smith in his solo. The personnel on the second disc is similar, except Sonny Bravo is the pianist and there's no violin. "Take Five" changes the standard vamp and adds an echo of portions of its famous theme within the context of the arrangement, creating a rather unique approach. Puente's duet on vibes with Bravo's piano introduces the easygoing Latin treatment of Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life." Composer George Shearing takes over the piano for the inspired rendition of his "Lullaby of Birdland," which starts with a well-disguised introduction and showcases Puente's timbales, in addition to their special guest. The old chestnut from the 1930s, "Pick Yourself Up" is atypical fare for Latin jazz but the lively scoring makes it work perfectly. Puente the composer is represented by the catchy "Mambo Diablo" and the sassy salsa "China" (which isn't an Oriental title but a woman's name pronounced Chee-na). The budget price of this compilation adds to its already considerable appeal to fans of Latin jazz.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2004
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431223023
catalogNumber:
2230

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tito Puente   Primary Artist,Percussion,Timbales,Vibes
Jorge Dalto   Piano
George Shearing   Piano,Guest Appearance
Alfredo de la Fe   Violin
Jerry Gonzalez   Conga
Sonny Bravo   Piano
Jimmy Frisaura   Trombone,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Valve Trombone
Ray Gonzalez   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jose Madera   Percussion,Conga
Edgardo Miranda   Guitar,cuatro
Mario Rivera   Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Rodriguez   Bass,Electric Bass
John "Dandy" Rodriguez   Percussion,Bongos

Technical Credits

Noro Morales   Composer
Milton Nascimento   Composer
Tito Puente   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Musical Director
Paul Desmond   Composer
George Shearing   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Marty Sheller   Arranger
Jerome Kern   Composer
Sonny Bravo   Arranger
Duke Ellington   Composer
Phil Edwards   Engineer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Freddie Hubbard   Composer
Carl Jefferson   Producer
Jose Madera   Arranger
Mulgrew Miller   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Toots Thielemans   Composer
Ed Trabanco   Engineer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Pablo Guzman   Liner Notes
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Bob Shamis   Cover Photo
Pepe Delgado   Composer
Carl E. Jefferson   Producer

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