Quatro: The Definitive Collection

Quatro: The Definitive Collection

by Tito Puente

CD(Remastered / Special Edition)

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Quatro: The Definitive Collection assembles four truly classic Tito Puente albums recorded between 1955 and 1960 for RCA, and adds a disc of outtakes, alternate takes, and rarities in a lavishly designed limited-edition box set. The box is 6" x 6" with each album housed individually in a thick cardboard sleeve with back and front facsimile cover art. These four albums were cut in chronological order: Cuban Carnival (1956), Night Beat (1957), Dance Mania (1958), and Revolving Bandstand (1960), the last recorded in collaboration with the Buddy Morrow Orchestra. Hardcore Puente fans will already have everything here -- in 2002 the complete RCA recordings from 1949-1960 were released in two volumes. But context is everything. These albums were recorded after Puente exhausted his original relationship with Tico. (There he cut 156 songs between 1949 and 1955 that appealed to serious Latin music fans as opposed to making Latin music for more general audiences -- though he had been recording for RCA simultaneously.) But Puente got his way with the majors on these four albums. He made no concessions creatively. The end result in virtually every case here is stunning, beginning with the burning Cuban Carnival and its hit, "Pa' los Rumberos." This is such an enduring tune that the bonus disc includes seven outtakes in varying lengths. Its follow-up, Night Beat, featured Willie Bobo, Mongo Santamaría, and Bobby Rodriguez in its rhythm section and a young Doc Severinsen on trumpet. Dance Mania took not only the mambo dance scene of the United States by storm, but was also a smash in Puerto Rico. It is regarded as one of the 25 most significant recordings of the 20th century by The New York Times. Wildly creative, it features the major-label debuts of two historic figures in Latin music: conguero Ray Barretto, who replaced Santamaría, and vocalist Santitos Colon. The latter remained with Puente for nearly 15 years. To some, Revolving Bandstand once sounded like a curiosity piece, but it is now regarded as a visionary Latin recording. Puente's and Morrow's bands were recorded simultaneously, playing call and response with different charts on a series of standards, one playing jazz rhythms, the other Latin rhythms. Arrangements were handled by Puente and George Williams. The bonus disc includes Puente's first RCA single, "Ran Kan Kan" b/w "Timbal y Bongó" (his biggest single ever), the aforementioned outtakes, alternates of two tunes from the Revolving Bandstand sessions, and two tracks that didn't make the album -- "Moonlight in Vermont" and "La Virgen de la Macarena." Taken together, these three-plus hours of music offer not only hardcore fans a gorgeously packaged collection of deluxe remasters, but in context a unique hearing of a period when Puente literally changed musical history. For anyone compelled by any of his other recordings who doesn't yet have these, Quatro: The Definitive Collection is a prime opportunity.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2012
Label: Sony U.S. Latin
UPC: 0887254698821
catalogNumber: 546988
Rank: 116241

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tito Puente   Primary Artist,Leader,Marimbas,Timbales,Choir, Chorus,Vibes
Ray Barretto   Percussion,Conga
Eddie Bert   Trombone
Phil Bodner   Flute,Saxophone
Will Bradley   Trombone
Sam Donahue   Flute,Saxophone
Buddy Morrow   Trombone,Leader
Gene Quill   Saxophone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Nick Travis   Trumpet
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Willie Rodriguez   Drums
Marty Holmes   Flute,Saxophone
Vicentico Valdés   Choir, Chorus
Bob Ascher   Trombone
Willie Bobo   Bongos,Cuban Percussion
Candido Camero   Cuban Percussion
Casamenti   Guitar
Julio Collazo   Conga
Howard Collins   Guitar
DeRisi   Trumpet
Lyle Dedrick   Trumpet
Allen Fields   Flute,Saxophone
Jimmy Frisaura   Trumpet
John Frosk   Trumpet
Alvin Gellers   Piano
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Joseph Grimaldi   Saxophone
Jerry Sanfino   Flute,Saxophone
Dave Kurtzer   Flute,Saxophone
Steve Lipkins   Trumpet
Jose Madera   Flute,Saxophone
Jimmy Maxwell   Trumpet
Romeo Penque   Reeds
Bobby Rodriguez   Bass
Ray Rodriguez   Percussion,Bongos
Pat Russo   Trumpet
Mongo Santamaría   Conga,Cuban Percussion
Sol Schlinger   Flute,Saxophone
Doc Severinsen   Trumpet
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone
Luis Varona   Piano
William Slapin   Flute,Saxophone
Jose Mangual   Bongos
Santitos Colon   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guiro
Vitín Avíles   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Shepp Pullman   Flute,Saxophone
Gilberto Lopez   Piano
Rafael Palau   Flute,Saxophone
Francis Williams   Trumpet
Pedro "Puchi" Boulong   Trumpet
Sam Seavors   Trumpet
Sam Takvorian   Trombone
Morty Trautman   Trombone
Richard Henry   Flute,Saxophone
Tito Puente & His Orchestra   Vocals
Tom Alfano   Flute,Saxophone
Martin Holmes   Saxophone
Otto Olivar   Choir, Chorus
Lawrence Brooks   Trumpet
Tony Buonpastore   Saxophone
Santo Ruso   Trombone
Larry Moser   Trumpet
Joe Marshall   Drums
Tony Derisi   Trumpet
Andres Merenguito Forda   Trumpet
Myron D. Shain   Trumpet
George Lopez   Trumpet
Carlos Valdez   Conga,Cuban Percussion
Robert Ascher   Trombone
Peter Fanelli   Flute,Saxophone
Leon Merian   Trumpet
Frank Lo Pinto   Trumpet
Vince Carbone   Flute,Saxophone
Chino Pozo   Bongos
Jerome Kail   Trumpet
Ted Sommer   Drums
Ed Caine   Flute,Saxophone
John Rodríguez   Cuban Percussion
Frank Rehack   Trombone
James William Cobb   Drums
Harry Galbraith   Guitar
Gene Zuizz   Saxophone
Gene Rapetti   Trumpet
Viejo Muchacho   Vocals
Allen Lehvterd   Saxophone
Sonny Rosso   Trombone
Richard Hixson   Trombone
Raymond Concepción   Piano
Manuel Patot   Bass

Technical Credits

Tito Puente   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Ray Bryant   Composer
Buddy Morrow   Liner Notes
George Williams   Arranger
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Marty Holmes   Composer
Francisco Aguabella   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Ray Coen   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
Mickey Crofford   Engineer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Richard Joseph   Liner Notes
Gus Kahn   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Eddy Manson   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Fred Reynolds   Producer
Bob Simpson   Engineer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Ary Barroso   Composer
Acy Lehman   Art Direction
Valério Do Carmo   Graphic Design,Art Direction,Layout
Joe Conzo   Producer,Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Edward Eliscu   Composer
John Blackburn   Composer
Karl Suessdorf   Composer
Lester Allen   Composer
Charles Warfield   Composer
Robert Hill   Composer
Julio Bagué   Liner Notes
Silvestre Méndez   Composer
Normahl   Composer
Bernardino Bautista Monterde   Composer
A.K. Salim   Composer
N. Brown   Composer
Earle Hagen   Composer
Calero   Composer
Anthony Gonzalez   Liner Notes,Graphic Design,Art Direction,Layout
Cesar Ochoa   Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Art Direction
Dana Yamaki   Tape Research
Joseph Kosha   Composer

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