3 November 2006
TITO PUENTE - TITO PUENTE'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY
Tito cut this firin' blend of descargas,latin jazz,mambos,boleros and bugaloos for Tico in 1968.Although he despised the bugaloo his later 60s lps saw the funky r&b influenced sound become more evident and on this outing there are a couple of good examples - "Aqui" and "Fat Mama"(a response to Charlie Palmieri's "Fat Papa").These are balanced out with some storming mambos and descargas-"Algo Nuevo","Chan" and "Africana"and a nice latin jazz version of Nat Adderley's "Work Song".
Produced by the ever dependable Pancho Cristal this is a good example of Puente's late 60s work which fair sizzles off the wax !!!
This got a limited cd re-issue some years ago which is still available if you dig around for it.The vinyl remains scarce - it never even made it to a dodgy Venezuelan re-press.