Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1977

Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1977

by Tito Puente


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Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1977

Tito Puente played the Monterey Jazz Festival for the first time in 1977, leading a big band that immediately ignited the crowd with his rousing "Para Los Rumberos." Before the conga player even gave the audience a chance to cool off, he immediately launches into "Oye Como Va," a huge hit for Latin rocker Carlos Santana, a piece that Fillmore East impresario Bill Graham introduced to the guitarist by playing Puente's early record of it. The fire is often present throughout the set, with the punch of the horn section and infectious percussion, though ballads like "Delirio" prove just as effective. One of the surprises is Puente's effective cha cha arrangement of Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing," demonstrating that he always was interested in any good melody regardless of its stylistic origin. Vibraphonist and Latin jazz bandleader Cal Tjader is an added guest for the closing number "Picadillo." This never dull Monterey set is a reminder as to why Tito Puente was one of the true giants of Latin Jazz.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2008
Label: Monterey Jazz Fest
UPC: 0888072307001
catalogNumber: 30700

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tito Puente   Primary Artist,Timbales,Vibes,Group Member
Mike Collazo   Drums,Trap Kit,Group Member
Frankie Figueroa   Vocals,Group Member
Jose Madera   Conga,Group Member
Paquito Pastor   Piano,Group Member
Mauricio Smith   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Group Member
Cal Tjader   Vibes,Guest Appearance
Louis Bauzo   Bongos,Group Member
Julio Rodriguez   Trumpet,Group Member
Manuel Santos   Trumpet,Group Member
Nilo Sierras   Bass,Group Member
Paulo De Paula   Trumpet,Group Member
Richard Pullin   Trombone
Paulo De Paula   Trumpet
Louis Baizo   Bongos
Jimmy Frisura   Trumpet,Valve Trombone
Albert Shikaly   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Tito Puente   Composer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Don Geis   Engineer
Marcelino Guerra   Composer
Jason Olaine   Producer,Author
Nick Phillips   Producer,Audio Production
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Kenneth Jacobs   Engineer
Glen Barros   Series Executive Producer
Antar Daly   Composer
Tim "T-Bone" Jackson   Author,Series Executive Producer
Larissa Collins   Art Direction
Jason Olane   Audio Production

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