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Tito Puente

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By virtue of his warm, flamboyant stage manner, longevity, constant touring, and appearances in the mass media, Tito Puente is probably the most beloved symbol of Latin jazz. But more than that, Puente managed to keep his music remarkably fresh over the decades; as a timbales virtuoso, he combined mastery over every rhythmic nuance with old-fashioned showmanship — watching his eyes bug out when taking a dynamic solo was one of the great treats for Latin jazz fans. A trained musician, he was also a fine, lyrical vibraphonist, a gifted arranger, and played piano, congas, bongos, and saxophone. His appeal continues to cut across all ages and ethnic groups, helped no doubt by Santana's best-selling cover versions of "Oye Como Va" and "Para Los Rumberos" in 1970-1971, and cameo appearances on The Cosby Show in the 1980s and the film The Mambo Kings in 1992. His brand of classic salsa is generally free of dark undercurrents, radiating a joyous, compulsively danceable party atmosphere.

Rooted in Spanish Harlem, of Puerto Rican descent, Puente originally intended to become a dancer but those ambitions were scotched by a torn ankle tendon suffered in an accident. At age 13, he began working in Ramon Olivero's big band as a drummer, and later he studied composing, orchestration, and piano at Juilliard and the the New York School of Music. More importantly, he played with and absorbed the influence of Machito, who was successfully fusing Latin rhythms with progressive jazz. Forming the nine-piece Piccadilly Boys in 1947 and then expanding it to a full orchestra two years later, Puente recorded for Seeco, Tico, and eventually RCA Victor, helping to fuel the mambo craze that gave him the unofficial — and ultimately lifelong — title "King of the Mambo," or just "El Rey." Puente also helped popularize the cha-cha during the 1950s, and he was the only non-Cuban who was invited to a government-sponsored "50 Years of Cuban Music" celebration in Cuba in 1952.

Among the major-league congueros who played with the Puente band in the '50s were Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, Johnny Pacheco, and Ray Barretto, which resulted in some explosive percussion shootouts. Not one to paint himself into a tight Latin music corner, Puente's range extended to big-band jazz (Puente Goes Jazz), and in the '60s, bossa nova tunes, Broadway hits, boogaloos, and pop music, although in later years he tended to stick with older Latin jazz styles that became popularly known as salsa. In 1982, he started reeling off a string of several Latin jazz albums with octets or big bands for Concord Picante that gave him greater exposure and respect in the jazz world than he ever had.

An indefatigable visitor to the recording studios, Puente recorded his 100th album, The Mambo King, in 1991 amid much ceremony and affection (an all-star Latin music concert at Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre in March 1992 commemorated the milestone), and he kept adding more titles to the tally throughout the '90s. He also appeared as a guest on innumerable albums over the years, and such jazz stars as Phil Woods, George Shearing, James Moody, Dave Valentin, and Terry Gibbs played on Puente's own later albums. Just months after accepting his fifth Grammy award, he died on June 1, 2000. Several months later, Puente was recognized at the first annual Latin Grammy Awards, winning for Best Traditional Tropical Perfomance for Mambo Birdland. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Title: Nearly Invisible

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Latin

Title: Surf Riding

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Jazz

Title: Christmas Cards

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Jazz

Title: The Plan

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Jazz

Title: Mystic Moments

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Jazz

Title: Dateline Rome

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Latin

Title: Fabulous Hits

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Latin

Title: The Best Hits

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Latin Folk

Title: Ultimate Top Hits

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Latin

Title: Tito Puente

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Latin

Title: Tito Puente (CD2)

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Latin

Title: Super Top Hits

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Latin Folk

Title: Christmas For All

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Jazz

Title: El Barrio

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Latin

Title: Golden Hits (CD2)

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Latin

Title: Dance Mania (CD3)

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Latin

Title: Man At His Leisure

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Jazz

Title: Salsa Meets Jazz

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Jazz, Salsa, Latin

Title: Ce' Magnifique

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Latin

Title: Expensive Bling

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Jazz

Title: Country Club Cutie

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Jazz

Title: Scenic Flight

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Latin

Title: Festive Sounds

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Latin

Title: Favorite Song

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Jazz

Title: Explore

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Latin

Title: Man Alive

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Jazz

Title: Fiesta Con Puente

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Latin

Title: Good Looking

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Jazz

Title: Ran-Kan-Kan (CD2)

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Latin

Title: Easy Times

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Latin

Title: Put Out To Sea

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Jazz

Title: Blue Haze

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Latin

Title: Willie & Ray Mambo

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: Latin

Title: The King

Artist: Tito Puente

Genre: World Music, Latin

Collections

Title: Latin Jazz: Gems

Genre: Jazz

Title: Latin Jazz

Genre: Jazz

Title: Armada Fania

Genre: Salsa, Latin

Title: Take Five

Genre: Jazz

Title: 100% Latin

Genre: Jazz

Title: 20 Jazz Hits

Genre: Jazz

Title: Got Salsa

Genre: Salsa, Latin

Title: El Barrio

Genre: Latin

Title: Salsa Legends 2

Genre: Salsa, Latin

Title: Latin Selection 2

Genre: Latin

Title: Salsa Sensations

Genre: Salsa, Latin

Title: Havana Salsa

Genre: World Music

Title: Latin Gold

Genre: Latin, Pop

Title: The Latin Jazz

Genre: Jazz

Title: 100% Latin Jazz

Genre: Latin

Title: Fiesta de Carnaval

Genre: Latin

Title: Salsita Cubana

Genre: Salsa, Latin

Featuring albums

Title: Anthology

Artist: Celia Cruz

Genre: Salsa, Latin

Title: 21st Century Masters

Artist: India

Genre: Salsa, Latin

Title: Serie 32: Tony Vega

Artist: Tony Vega

Genre: Salsa, Latin

Title: Hands On Percussion

Artist: Hilton Ruiz

Genre: Jazz, Latin

Title: Anthology: La Lupe

Artist: La Lupe

Genre: Salsa, Latin

Title: Rhythm In the House

Artist: Hilton Ruiz

Genre: Jazz, Latin, Bop

Title: 30 Grandes

Artist: Puente

Genre: Latin

Title: Balamondo

Artist: Raoul Casadei

Genre: World Music, Pop

Title: Flying South

Artist: Pete Escovedo

Genre: Jazz, Latin

Title: Latin Romance

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Jazz

Title: Moonglow

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

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