Essential Tito Puente

The Essential Tito Puente

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by Tito Puente
     
 
Now, that’s more like it. Less than a year prior to this double-disc release, Sony International put out a single-CD comp of vintage Tito Puente, dubbed Lo Esencial in Spanish, which means “The Essential” in English. It was less than that, in either language -- missing, for example, “Oye Como Va.” Partly, Puente’s vast catalog is to blame; even two six-disc box

Overview

Now, that’s more like it. Less than a year prior to this double-disc release, Sony International put out a single-CD comp of vintage Tito Puente, dubbed Lo Esencial in Spanish, which means “The Essential” in English. It was less than that, in either language -- missing, for example, “Oye Como Va.” Partly, Puente’s vast catalog is to blame; even two six-disc box sets, released after the mambo king’s death, failed to crystallize the import of his five-decade career. The Essential, at least, is no insult. Two discs of 40 tracks capture his most significant mambo-era material, clocking out around 1961’s Dance Mania, Vol. 2. (For the rest of the story, including T.P.’s reign with the vocalists La Lupe and Celia Cruz, tune in to The Rough Guide to Tito Puente.) In fact, the tracks seem to have been remastered from the box set -- the bass is punchy and Puente’s intricate arrangements are excitingly audible. Salsa fans can be shockingly ignorant of the big-band sound that birthed today’s pop-oriented style. The Essential provides a potent introduction to the mambo maestro.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
An essential collection for most artists would consist of 12 or perhaps even 20 songs. For the man described as "El Rey", however, a man who recorded over 100 LPs during a career that touched seven decades, the parameters need to be widened significantly. And so comes this two-disc, 40-track collection from RCA/Legacy, focusing on Puente's prime of the mid-'50s but dipping into 1949 material to survey the beginning of his career and also selecting a lone track from the '60s -- "Oye Como Va," his most familiar performance (thanks, in part, to Santana's hit cover). Aside from the breathtaking pair of Complete RCA Recordings boxes, The Essential Tito Puente is the best place to acquire a raft of Puente's best and most famous recordings -- "Ran Kan Kan," "Picadillo," "Cao Cao Mani Picao," "Pa' los Rumberos," "Hong Kong Mambo" (actually an alternate take), "Dance Mania," and "Ti Mon Bo."

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2005
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828766924329
catalogNumber:
69243
Rank:
9210

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Ran Kan Kan
  2. Swinging the Mambo
  3. Four Beat Cha Cha, Pt. 1
  4. Cuando Te Vea
  5. Tito Guajira
  6. Mambo Gozon
  7. Night Hawk
  8. Witch Doctor's Nightmare
  9. Abaniquito
  10. Picadillo
  11. Mambo Beat
  12. Cao Cao Mani Picao
  13. Birdland After Dark
  14. Obatala Yeza
  15. Chanchullo
  16. Pa' los Rumberos
  17. Hong Kong Mambo
  18. What Is This Thing Called Love?
  19. Complicacion
  20. Tito Timbero

Disc 2

  1. Oye Como Va
  2. Cuál Es la Idea
  3. El Cayuco
  4. Son de la Loma
  5. 3-D Mambo
  6. Cuban Nightmare
  7. Oye Mi Guaguancó (Listen to the Guaguancó)
  8. Take the "A" Train
  9. Elegua Chango
  10. Si Te Contara
  11. Cha-con-Cha
  12. Dance Mania
  13. Sácala
  14. Ti Mon Bo
  15. Yambeque
  16. Lotus Land
  17. Malibu Beat
  18. Al Gozar Timbero
  19. Havana After Dark
  20. Mambo Buda

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tito Puente   Primary Artist,Leader,Marimbas,Timbales,Vocals,Vibes
Ray Barretto   Conga,Timbales
Johnny Pacheco   Flute
Eddie Bert   Trombone
Gene Quill   Saxophone
Nick Travis   Trumpet
Willie Rodriguez   Conga
Marty Holmes   Saxophone
Vicentico Valdés   Vocals
Bob Ascher   Trombone
Victor Aviles   Vocals
Willie Bobo   Bongos
Eddie Caine   Saxophone
Candido Camero   Conga
Julio Collazo   Conga
Howard Collins   Guitar
Santos Colon   Vocals,Guira,Guiro
DeRisi   Trumpet
Vincent Frisaura   Trumpet
John Frosk   Trumpet
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Alvin Gellers   Piano
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Graciela Peréz Grillo   Vocals
Dave Kurtzer   Saxophone
Gilbert Lopez   Piano
Jose Mangual   Bongos
Manny Oquendo   Bongos,Conga
John "Dandy" Rodriguez   Bongos
Ray Rodriguez   Bongos
Sonny Russo   Trombone
Mongo Santamaría   Conga
Sol Schlinger   Saxophone
Doc Severinsen   Trumpet
Todd Sommer   Drums
Carlos "Patato" Valdes   Conga
Irving Butler   Saxophone
Edward Grimm   Saxophone
Sol Rabinowitz   Saxophone
James Cobb   Drums
Escobar   Piano
Vitín Avíles   Vocals
Joe Herde   Saxophone
Francisco Pozo   Bongos
Gerald Sanfino   Saxophone
Shepp Pullman   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Tony Reyes   Bass
Francis Williams   Trumpet
Pedro "Puchi" Boulong   Trumpet
Tony Alfano   Saxophone
Otto Bolivar   Vocals
Wilson Brignoni   Trumpet
Allen Lehrfeld   Saxophone
Sam Seavors   Trumpet
Amado Vizoso   Bass
Albert Socarras   Flute
Morty Trautman   Trombone
A.D. Jimenez   Conga
Luis Verona   Piano
John "BJ John" Smith   Guitar
Catalino Rolón   Conga
Tony Buonpastore   Saxophone
Larry Moser   Trumpet
Nick Curbelo   Trumpet
Tony Derisi   Trumpet
Andres Merenguito Forda   Trumpet
Patrick Larusso   Trumpet
Rafael Palan   Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Louis "Chickie" Perez   Bongos
Gene Repetti   Trumpet
Ramon "Mongo" Santamaria   Conga
Sam Scavone   Trumpet
Carl "Doc" Severinson   Trumpet
Myron D. Shain   Trumpet
Vahey Samuel Takvorian   Trombone
Gene Zuizs   Saxophone
George Lopez   Trumpet
Peter Fanelli   Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Leon Merian   Trumpet
Frank Lo Pinto   Trumpet
Santo Russo   Trombone
Robert Rodriguez   Acoustic Bass
Ray Concepcion   Piano

Technical Credits

Tito Puente   Composer
Miguel Matamoros   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Abe Vélez   Packaging Manager
Jim Payne   Liner Notes

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