Party at Puente's Place

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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: 1/27/2004
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431223023
  • Catalog Number: 2230
  • Sales rank: 145,011

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 T.P.'s Especial (5:09)
  2. 2 Sophisticated Lady (5:21)
  3. 3 Bluesette (5:18)
  4. 4 Salt Song (6:57)
  5. 5 On Broadway (8:09)
  6. 6 Maria Cervantes (5:08)
  7. 7 Jo-Je-Ti (4:50)
  8. 8 First Light (7:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mambo Diablo (4:14)
  2. 2 Take Five (6:05)
  3. 3 Lush Life (5:43)
  4. 4 Pick Yourself Up (5:30)
  5. 5 Lullaby of Birdland (4:20)
  6. 6 No Pienses Asi (3:56)
  7. 7 China (4:57)
  8. 8 Eastern Joy Dance (5:54)
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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
George Horn Mastering
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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