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Tito Puente
April 20, 1923 - May 31, 2000

TITO PUENTE's LAST ALBUM:
MAMBO BIRDLAND

On Mambo Birdland Tito takes us back to the great Mambo Era. Laying it down like no one else can, this album is truly a Dancer's Delight. Tito composed 7 of the 11 tunes on this recording. The album features original arrangements by Tito and some adaptation arrangements by José Madera. This production is the perfect introduction to the new millennium.
Mambo Birdland opens this CD. A tune composed by Tito, reminiscent of the mambo era. Juventud Del Presente is a beautiful and danceable Guaguancó, the perfect invitation to dance. Ban Ban Quere is a fast rumba, check out Tito's timbale solo. Como Esta Miguel is a classic, tastefully done, Son Montuno with Juan Pablo Torres playing a terrific trombone solo.
Cha Cha Mambo, the title says it all, is a very danceable Cha Cha Mambo featuring Mario Rivera on flute. Guagancó Margarito, the Sylvester Méndez classic, gets its own special treatment only the way Tito can deliver it. Mi Mamita is a Cha Cha Cha Son with a great trombone solo by Reynaldo Jorge.
Mambo Gozón is one of Tito's greatest Mambos. Taken from the Dancemania CD, this Tito original has been performed by the Miami Symphony Orchestra and recently the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra. A true gem, Oye Mi Guaguancó is another swinging and danceable tune. Ran Kan Kan established Tito as one this century's greatest timbaleros. The album is topped off with a big band rendition of Oye Como Va featuring a terrific flute solo by Mario Rivera.
- Joe Conzo ("Probably the world's foremost expert on the music and artistry of his good friend, Tito Puente" - Descarga Magazine)

GENRE: Big Band Mambo Jazz / Salsa
SOUL TOWN RATING: 9/10

See also: Tito's previous album, Dancemania '99 - Live at Birdland

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