Tito Puente: Quatro – The Definitive Collection
The Puerto Rican-American jazz master Tito Puente would have celebrated his 90th birthday nine years ago on April 20th, 2013, as well as the 10th anniversary of his Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. At that time, and to honor one of the 20th Century’s great musical figures, Sony Music Latin delivered something for the Latin icon’s fans to celebrate: the release of Tito Puente: Quatro – The Definitive Collection. This historic release was the first-ever archival boxed-set collection from Sony Music Latin’s extensive music vaults, with four classic albums by Tito Puente recorded between 1955 and 1960 for RCA Victor: Cuban Carnival (1956), Night Beat (1957), Dance Mania (1958) and Revolving Bandstand (1960). The set also included a 5th bonus CD of rarities highlighting outtakes, alternate takes and his biggest-selling single hit, “Ran Kan Kan.”
This history-making collection featured landmark recordings by the famed composer, percussionist and bandleader, defining his style and his reach, as well as setting the foundation for his later work. Quatro, the Definitive Collection was made available in three formats: as a 5-CD set, 180-gram vinyl 5-LP set, or, for the first time, as a digital download collection, all remastered to the highest standards from the original RCA tapes.
Today, on the 99th birthday of Ernest Anthony Puente Jr. (April 20, 1923 – June 1, 2000), better known as Tito Puente, one of the true Mambo kings, we offer this collection to our followers as a Spotify Music playlist. Take your time to relax, turn up the volume on your audio device and enjoy!