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Mambo's golden age was in full swing when Tito Puente released Dance Mania, Vol. 1 in 1958, and he was its undeniable emperor. The combination of his madly swinging horn section and the percolating power of Puente's timbales and Ray Barretto's congas on the feverish "3-D Mambo" makes for some thrilling dance-floor moments. The romantic balladry of "Estoy Siempre Junto a Ti" is just as impressive. Puente even finds time to venture into exotica with his Asian-flavoured marimba lines on "Hong Kong Mambo".


Born: 20 April 1923 in New York, NY

Genre: Latino

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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...
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