10 June 2006
TITO PUENTE AND HIS CONCERT ORCHESTRA
Tito on top form on this banging piece of latin from 1973 featuring the late great Charlie Palmieri on organ and electric piano and Izzy Feliu on a very funky sounding Baby Ampeg.Titos on timbales ,electric piano ,drums and vibes and it was produced by Joe Cain so you know you're in for a mad old ride on this one.Moving off with the manic El Ray del Timbal it kicks up gear after gear into a maelstrom of latin fury until we hit the climax of Calling 110th and 5th Avenue - Tito's tribute to the centre of Spanish Harlem.Then when you thought it couldnt get any better its all change to the super funky Black Brothers with some mad keyboard soloing in the middle.Straight back into the hard latin groove for the rest of side 2 finishing off with a nice mash up of Picadillo .Check out the insistant hi-hat that really drives the groove of this album pre dating the impending disco explosion - Tito sure knew what the dancers wanted!Probably my favourite Tito lp along with the monstrous Para los Rumberos from the same year(a future post) All Killer -No Filler!!!
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