Tito Puente: Pick Yourself Up
Pick Yourself Up
TIto Puente (timbale, percussion, vibraphone)
Mambo Diablo (Concord Jazz CJA-31018-02)
TIto Puente (timbale, percussion, vibraphone),
Ray Gonzales (trumpet, flugelhorn), Jimmy Frisaura (trombone, trumpet) Mario Rivera (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute), Sonny Bravo (piano), Bobby Rodriguez (bass), Jose Madera, Jr. (conga,percussion) Johnny Rodriguez (bongo,percussion).
Composed by Tito Puente.
Recorded: San Francisco, CA, May, 1985
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
One thing you can always count on from Tito Puente is a steady mix of solid percussion, blaring horn lines and driving rhythms. No exception here as Puente lays back for his horn section to get some love on the solo section. Mario Rivera plays a bop solo filled with lines and phrasing from the old days while Ray Gonzales plays an inspiring flugelhorn solo. The real steal showing moment on this song though is pianist Sonny Bravo. He penetrates the sound spectrum with bop fueled montuno licks that spiral in and out of octaves with his right hand. This is another good song from a great album. Go get this one if you're into Tito and his spicy blend of salsa. Oh wait, they called it mambo long before they called it salsa. It's like Tito said once, salsa's something you eat. I play mambo!
Reviewer: Jared Pauley