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Best of Concord Years
Tito Puente
Best of Concord Years
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Latin Music
 
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #2

It's redundant to call any Tito Puente collection 'the best of,' because every time the man picked up a drumstick or mallet, he gave the best he had to offer. The daunting and unenviable task of compiling the best among th...  more »

     
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All Artists: Tito Puente
Title: Best of Concord Years
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Concord Records
Original Release Date: 9/12/2000
Release Date: 9/12/2000
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Latin Music
Styles: Caribbean & Cuba, Cuba, Latin Jazz, Latin Pop
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 013431493129

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It's redundant to call any Tito Puente collection 'the best of,' because every time the man picked up a drumstick or mallet, he gave the best he had to offer. The daunting and unenviable task of compiling the best among the dozens of tracks El Rey made for Concord was made easier by dividing this collection between Puente's more danceable pieces and his jazzier arrangements. Disc one's 12 tracks serve up the New York-Puerto Rican soul and Afro-Cuban rhythms--with mambos, merengues, cha chas, and more rhythmic bursts hopping about. Puente's most famous composition, "Oye Como Va," appears in a rousing live version that justifies its status as one of National Public Radio's 100 most influential songs of the 20th century. Disc two showcases the strong soloists and arrangers that have always been jewels in Puente's musical crown. The amazing transformation that the legendary percussionist and his arrangers put on the most identifiable music is concentrated here as songs strongly associated with other artists, such as "On Broadway" (George Benson), "Take Five" (Dave Brubeck), and "Sun Goddess" (Ramsey Lewis) get elevated by Puente's Latin-fire, signature handprints. This is an essential disc for any serious collector of Latin jazz. --Mark A. Ruffin

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Caliente Latin Jazz
Massimo Cardinaletti | Venice, Italy | 05/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Greatest timbalero of all times, we miss Tito so much for his passion he communicated so well and for the unique "savor" of his music. The selection is a real "Best of T.P.", even though a three-CDs Compilation is actually the "Best of T.P.": Ran Kan Kan, Oye Como Va, Take Five, Picadillo a la Puente, just to cite a few, are some of the masterpieces standing high among our latin jazz favorites. All artists collaborating are the best for their instruments, including Aguabella, Maynard Ferguson and great violinist Alfredo de la Fè. Do not miss it if you don't want to buy all the single records/CDs of Tito."