Tito Puente: Quatro – The Definitive Collection

Tito Puente and his Orchestra / Single and Outtakes / RCA Victor/1949

The two charts on the outtakes disc were the two sides of a very successful single of the Tito Puente Orchestra that was released in 1949. The superb clarity and upward focus of the horns show Mr. Puente’s early propensity for bright and ravishing trumpets that he used to offset his percussion. In the case of this release this was not only his wonderful work on the timbales, but also the spectacular attack of the great Chano Pozo on bongos.

Tito Puente: Quatro - The Definitive Collection
Tito Puente: Quatro – The Definitive Collection

The outtakes of “Pa’ Los Rumberos” show Mr. Puente to be the exacting bandleader and one who demanded the same perfection that he expected from himself. “Moonlight in Vermont” and “La Virgen De La Macarena” are two charts that did not make it to the original vinyl Revolving Bandstand probably as a result of the lack of space. The music is, however, outstanding and consists of the purity of playing heard throughout the 1960 album nevertheless. Even the chart, “Pa’ Los Rumberos” as it develops shows the complete mastery of Tito Puente on the timbales as the various takes of the chart unfold. This disc too forms an invaluable addition to the boxed set, which is a worthy testament to the grand master of the timbales and of Latin Jazz, the incomparable Tito Puente.

Track List – Ran Kan Kan; Timbal y Bongo; Pa’ Los Rumberos; The Continental; Blue Moon; Moonlight in Vermont; La Virgen De La Macarena.

Personnel – (1, 2): Tito Puente: timbales, vibraphone; Jimmy Frisaura: trumpet; Al DiRisi: trumpet; Tony DiRisi: trumpet; Bernie Glow: trumpet; Luis Varona: piano; Manuel Patot: bass; A. D. Jiménez: conga; Chano Pozo: bongo; Vitin Ariles: lead vocal; Vicentico Valdes: chorus. Outtakes 3 – 9 from Carnaval Cubano; Outtakes 10, 11, from Revolving Bandstand; Outtakes 12, 13, from Revolving Bandstand but not on the original vinyl.

Label: Sony Music Latin
Release date: October 2012

Raul Da Gama
Raul Da Gama
Based in Milton, Ontario, Canada, Raul is a poet, musician and an accomplished critic whose profound analysis is reinforced by his deep understanding of music, technically as well as historically.

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