Tito Puente Playing Dave Brubeck’s Take Five

by chipboaz on November 25, 2016

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Latin Jazz musicians share the same love for the collection of standards that straight ahead musicians have long embraced. As a result, we’ve often gotten a stream of original interpretations that mix well loved jazz standards with rhythmic traditions from the Caribbean and South America. On a surface level, this is a pretty bland proposition; simply throwing a new rhythmic structure underneath a jazz standard without context is fairly boring. It’s a different story when musicians respect both traditions, bringing those two worlds together in a way that respects both traditions – that’s when things get interesting.

If there’s one musician from the history of Latin Jazz that was a master at putting unique and authentic spins on jazz standards, it would have to be Tito Puente. A master timbalero, vibraphonist, composer, arranger, and bandleader, Puente had a keen insight into the musical elements that connected jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms. He could take a standard, re-contextualize it within an Afro-Cuban setting, turn the arrangement on its head, and still leave plenty of room for improvisation. That’s exactly what he does here, placing Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” in a son montuno, pushing the melody into a four beat structure, and opening up for some fiery solos, including a memorable turn on tenor sax from Mario Rivera.

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