Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers, Ray Barretto, WAR, and the Tito Puente Orchestra, as played by Steve

31 07 2011

Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers ~ Cantaloupe Island ~ Prestige Records ~ 1966

Written by Herbie Hancock, here is a real latin version of one of his most well known tracks. Henry ‘Pucho’ Brown and his band made this in 1966, where it was lead track on their first of seven albums for Prestige Records.

Ray Barretto ~ La Cuna ~ CTI ~ 1979

Appearing on an album of the same name, Percussionist Ray Barretto was a member of Tito Puente’s Orchestra, The Fania All Starts as well as leader of his own. The album had some of the best on it, including Tito Puente, Steve Gadd, John Tropea and Joe Farrell. It’s no good, I just love this type of slinky Latin groove.

WAR ~ Low Rider ~ UA ~ 1975

Over to Long Beach, California for the band that was first brought to everyone’s attention by Eric Burden of the Animals, not that the association lasted that long, before they branched out on their own and made it really big. Their best selling R&B hit, this reached the coveted #1 R&B slot in April ’75.

Tito Puente Orchestra ~ Watu Wasuri ~ Tico Records US ~ 1974

And now to the man himself, a giant on the Latin scene, especially in New York, that for many years was a true melting pot of dance cultures, Salsa being one of the many leading dance styles to emerge and one at which Tito Puente was ‘King of the Timbale’. I just love the title of this… what does it mean, I wonder?

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