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Puente Goes Jazz


  • 1. What Is This Thing Called Love?
    2. Tiny-Not Ghengis
    3. What Are You Doing, Honey?
    4. Lotus Land
    5. Lucky Dog
    6. Birdland After Dark
    7. That's a Puente
    8. Yesterdays
    9. Terry Cloth
    10. Tito 'In
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 66148

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Snyder; John Snyder (Reissue)
    EngineerJoe Lopes

    Personnel: Tito Puente (timbales, vibraphone); Allen Lehrfeld, David Kurtzer, Martin Holmes, David Schildkraut, Gene Quill (saxophone); Bernie Glow, Frank LoPinto, Gene Rapetti, Vincent Frisaura, Francis Williams, Nick Travis (trumpet); Alvin Gellers (piano); Barry Gailbraith (guitar); Robert Rodriguez, Gerald Sanfino (bass); Ted Sommer (drums); William Correa (bongo); Ramon Santa Maria (conga).
    Recorded in May & June, 1956. Includes liner notes by Gene Kalbacher.
    Digitally remastered by Joe Lopes (November 9, 1992, BMG Studios, New York).
    Personnel: Tito Puente (vibraphone, timbales, percussion); Barry Galbraith (guitar); Dave Schildkraut (saxophone, alto saxophone); Marty Holmes (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Dave Kurtzer (saxophone, baritone saxophone); Gene Quill, Martin Holmes, Allen Lehrfeld (saxophone); Allen Fields (alto saxophone); Gene Rapett, Frank LaPinto, Frank Lo Pinto, Bernie Glow, Francis Williams , Nick Travis, Vincent Frisaura (trumpet); Alvin Gellers (piano); Todd Sommer (drums); Mongo Santamara (congas); William Correa (bongos).
    Liner Note Author: Gene Kalbacher.
    Recording information: BMG Recording Studios, New York, NY (05/02/1956-06/02/1956).
    Arranger: Ahmad Kharab Salim.
    One of Tito Puente's earliest jazz-oriented dates, this set (reissued on a 1993 Bluebird CD) matches Puente (doubling on vibes and timbales) with a big band and the bongos of William Correa. The music (mostly obscure originals plus three standards) swings, and although none of the sidemen became household names, (best-known is altoist Dave Schildkraut), the musicianship is fine. Actually, more notable than the fairly conventional music are two of the song titles: "Tiny Not Ghengis (Kahn)" and "That's A Puente!" ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (7/93, p.111) - 3 Stars - Good - "...The arrangements are as sharp as a freshly pressed zoot suit, and while jazz provides the main flavour, the sound of a rhythm section augmented by conga and bongo leaves little doubt where Puente was coming from--or where he was heading..."
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