Tito Puente: New Arrival
TIto Puente (timbale, vocals)
Tito Puente's Golden Jazz Latin All-Stars (Sony CDZ80879)
Hilton Ruiz (piano), Giovanni “Manenquito” Hidalgo (conga,bongo).
Recorded: Live at the Village Gate, New York, April 27, 1992
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Recorded live in the West Village in Manhattan, when the spot was known as the famed Village Gate (now called Le Poisson Rouge), Tito Puente assembled an all-star cast of musicians that included some of the finest Latin players on the face of planet earth. Even though I was hardly twelve years old when this concert was recorded, I wish I could go back in time and attend it. It's chalked full of Latin and jazz elements. In actuality this album personifies Latin jazz; percussive elements, swing and bop inspired solos. Claudio starts things off with a captivating solo. I know you're thinking, what else would you expect from Mr. Roditi? Following next is Paquito, who always comes dressed to impress. He blazes through these changes just about as good as Cannonball would have but D'Rivera tends to squeak less and has wonderful command of the upper register of the alto.
Being a pianist, I might be biased but Hilton Ruiz runs laps around this song with his solo. It's magical! Every note he plays is the note you're supposed to play and then he tops it off with montuno phrases before the swing section and it gives the song a rich blend of all of the aforementioned stylistic elements. Hats off to Tito, you really did it on one!
Reviewer: Jared Pauley