Create account Log in

Puente Now! The Exciting Tito Puente Band


Download links and information about Puente Now! The Exciting Tito Puente Band by Tito Puente. This album was released in 1961 and it belongs to Salsa, Latin genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 34:56 minutes.

Artist: Tito Puente
Release date: 1961
Genre: Salsa, Latin
Tracks: 11
Duration: 34:56
Buy on iTunes $9.99
Buy on Amazon $8.99


No. Title Length
1. Guarija Flute 3:18
2. Ojos Negros 2:54
3. Carnival (From "Black Orpheus") 4:33
4. Pajaro Cho Gui 3:26
5. Ah-Vah 3:05
6. Baila Pachanga 2:59
7. Midnight Sun 3:14
8. Ven Morena 2:55
9. April in Paris 2:42
10. Negra Bon Bon 3:16
11. T.P. on the Strip 2:34



Originally released under the name The Exciting Tito Puente Band in Hollywood in 1961, Puente Now! The Exciting Tito Puente Band is an ironically named time capsule of the state of Latin jazz in the early '60s. Although the New York-based Puente is of Puerto Rican descent and most often worked in an Afro-Cuban style, the big buzz in Latin music at this time was all Brazil, all the time. The success of Black Orpheus and the attendant interest in samba (soon to mutate into bossa nova) colors this entire album, including a lovely rearrangement of the soundtrack's centerpiece tune, "Carnival." Other highlights include the frenetic "Baila Pachanga," based on a short-lived Afro-Cuban dance craze; "Guarija Flute," a showcase for flutist Rolando Lozato; a mellow but effective samba-fied reworking of the standard "April in Paris"; and "T.P. on the Strip," an odd little theme song that sounds like a collaboration between Desi Arnaz and Esquivel. This is very much an album of its time, and certainly not among Tito Puente's finest efforts, but it's an interesting time capsule of its era.