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Album Review

Puente Caliente, a two disc set, features Tito Puente's hottest Concord Picante CDs: Un Poco Loco and Sensacion. Disc one includes such favorites as its title track and"Swinging Shepherd Blues (Goes Latin)"; four of his priceless originals ("El Timbalon," "Chang," "Machito Forever," "Alluya"); and a supercharged, swinging version of "Killer Joe." The octet is backed by a full orchestra that features outstanding performances by members of its percussion section including a rare appearance by John Santos, who has become one of Latin jazz's most respected percussionists. Originally released in 1987, Un Poco Loco ranks among Puente's best releases. Disc two features stellar performances from Tito Puente's octet performing jazz standards that will take you on a journey across stylistic boundaries. Sensacion features an excellent rendition of Chick Corea's "Spain" and Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight." Joining the artist as a special guest is Terry Gibbs on "Jordu" and "Guajira for Cal," the latter of which showcases their sonic senses on Puente's other main instrument — the vibraphone. Previously released in 1986, these outstanding performances by the maestro on timbales, vibes, and percussion, featuring excellent piano solos from Sonny Bravo, make Sensacion a vital part of Tito Puente's inherent appeal and success.

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Biography

Born: April 20, 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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