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October 30, 2014 Celebrate Saturday's holiday (and, by extension, lost loved ones) with laughter, tears and music.
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Tito Puente on vibraphone at the Palladium.
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April 20, 2013 From 1948 until 1966, the Palladium Ballroom, at the corner of 53rd and Broadway, was the city's mecca for Afro-Caribbean dance music. And for a lot of that time, Puente was one of the main attractions. A new box set compiles the Latin music legend's RCA recordings of this crucial period.
Miles Davis' legendary and controversial Bitches Brew was reissued this year.
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December 21, 2010 Jazz24 music director Nick Francis selects his favorite reissues of the year, featuring Miles Davis, Tito Puente, Stan Getz and Kenny Barron and more.
Tito Rodriguez's greatest-hits disc El Inolvidable is a singer's paradise, with everything from smoking mambos to creamy boleros. Better yet, Rodriguez fronted a band with some of the best chops in Latin music.
November 11, 2009 Music critic Milo Miles reviews two new collections of tunes from the late Latin pioneers Tito Rodriguez and Tito Puente. The two were rivals on the bandstand of the Palladium, the epicenter of the 1950s mambo craze.
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Tito Puente, above playing in London, was one of the best percussionists of any era.
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May 26, 2009 Want a great conversation-starter with a fan of Latin jazz? Ask, "What's your favorite pairing of conga and timbales?" Many long-standing percussion duos display seemingly telepathic interplay — the intensity of a runaway train mixed with the kind of swing that makes hips move by themselves. Picking five was a chore, but here they are.
Tito Puente, performing in 1983.
December 10, 2008 He was a dynamic percussionist, a masterful arranger and an irrepressible showman. Throughout a career lasting more than 50 years, Puente fused American jazz with Afro-Cuban rhythms, earning him the title King of Latin Music.
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August 23, 2008 The Latin percussionist's classic 1972 album captures one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century at his peak. Bobby Sanabria, himself an award-winning bandleader, discusses the music and career of "El Rey del Timbal," Tito Puente.
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June 5, 2005 The music of Tito Puente.
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July 15, 2002 The musical compositions and arrangements of the late Tito Puente are classics in jazz, Latin music and rock. Writer Alfredo Alvarado has a review of the new recording of Puente's 1994 concert at the Hollywood Bowl titled Live at the Playboy Jazz Festival.
August 1, 2001 In the 1970s, instrument manufacturer Martin Cohen asked Tito Puente and other Latin musicians to produce several albums to help market congas, timbales, and bongos. The recordings, including the album Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival 1980, became must-haves for Latin jazz lovers.
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