The Best of Tito Puente: El Rey del Timbal!

The Best of Tito Puente: El Rey del Timbal!

by Tito Puente



Summarizing Tito Puente's numerous accomplishments on a single CD would be impossible. El Rey del Timbal!, a 1997 disc spanning 1949-1987, barely scratches the surface -- but for Puente, a five-CD box set would also only scratch the surface. But this gem-laden collection does illustrate just how remarkably consistent the salsa legend was during the course of 38 years. El Rey del Timbal! kicks into high gear with 1949's "Ran-Kan-Kan" before treating listeners to such essential 1950s recordings as "Cao-Cao Mani Picao," "Cual Es Tu Idea," "Agua Limpia Todo," and "Oye Mi Guaguanco." Live versions of "Separala Tambien" and "A Gozar Timbero" from 1960 are superb, as is 1961's exuberant "T.P. on the Strip." Though salsa dominates the disc, Puente's Latin jazz output for Concord Picante in the 1980s is well represented by "El Rey del Timbal" and "Machito Forever." Die-hard Puente fans will notice that "Ban Ban Quiere," "Oye Como Va," and other essential hits are missing, but then no one said El Rey del Timbal! was all-inclusive. Again, it barely scratches the surface, but what a marvelous surface it is.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/1997
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227281724
catalogNumber: 72817

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tito Puente   Primary Artist,Leader,Timbales,Vibes
Ray Barretto   Conga
Jorge Dalto   Piano
Gene Quill   Saxophone
Nick Travis   Trumpet
Mary Fettig   Saxophone
Marty Holmes   Saxophone
Vicentico Valdés   Maracas,Vocals
Francisco Aguabella   Conga
Bob Ascher   Trombone
John Audino   Trumpet
Willie Bobo   Conga
Sonny Bravo   Piano
Eddie Caine   Saxophone
Casamenti   Guitar
Juan Cheda   Choir, Chorus
Julio Collazo   Conga
Frank Colon   Conga
Santos Colon   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guiro
Jeff Cressman   Trombone
DeRisi   Trumpet
Allen Fields   Saxophone
Jimmy Frisaura   Trumpet,Valve Trombone
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Alvin Gellers   Piano
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Ray Gonzalez   Trumpet
Joe Grimm   Saxophone
Jerry Sanfino   Saxophone
Dave Kurtzer   Saxophone
Rolando Lozano   Flute
Jose Madera   Conga,Timbales
Bill Ortiz   Trumpet
Gene Rapett   Trumpet
Dan Reagan   Trombone
Mario Rivera   Flute,Saxophone
Bobby Rodriguez   Bass
Piro Rodriguez   Trumpet
Hale Rood   Trombone
Pat Russo   Trumpet
Mongo Santamaría   Conga
John Santos   Bongos
John Smith   Guitar
Todd Sommer   Drums
Carlos "Patato" Valdes   Conga
Wayne Wallace   Trombone
Harold Wegbreit   Trumpet
Harvey Wainapel   Saxophone
John Martinez   Choir, Chorus
Luis Perez   Conga
Luis Varona   Piano
Robbie Kwock   Trumpet
Jose Mangual   Bongos
Vitín Avíles   Choir, Chorus
Francisco Pozo   Bongos
Shepp Pullman   Saxophone
Gilberto Lopez   Piano
Rafael Palau   Saxophone
Francis Williams   Trumpet
Pedro "Puchi" Boulong   Trumpet
Otto Bolivar   Choir, Chorus
Joe Rodríguez   Timbales
Amado Vizoso   Bass
Morty Trautman   Trombone
Tito Puente & His Orchestra   Track Performer
A.D. Jimenez   Conga
Anatole Lorraine   Trombone
Tony Buonpastore   Saxophone
Larry Moser   Trumpet
Peter Fanelli   Saxophone
Frank Lo Pinto   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Tito Puente   Composer,Producer
Marty Gold   Producer
Herman Diaz   Producer
Carl Jefferson   Producer
Gene Norman   Producer
Gary Peterson   Discographical Annotation
Teddy Reig   Producer
Fred Reynolds   Producer
Johnnie Camacho   Producer
Sevie Bates   Art Direction
Alan Geik   Liner Notes
Aida Periera   Composer
J. C. Menendez   Composer

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