Tito Puente Live Featuring Mario Rivera, Jerry Gonzalez, & More!

by chipboaz on March 3, 2017

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Throughout his long – and incredibly important – career, Tito Puente employed a number of different ensembles. This is pretty common for bandleaders that have careers than span across decades. Sometimes, sidemen grow into leaders, inspiring them to leave for their own projects. At other times, musicians simply go onto explore different musical interests. The lucky – and often influential – bandleaders hold onto a number of their musicians for many years, allowing for a deeper musical relationship. At the end of the day though, it’s simply hard to keep one group of musicians playing together for decades on end.

Today’s video finds Puente performing live with a group in the mid-eighties that continues a combination of his long time musicians and his shorter term hires. There’s a number of Puente regulars on stage – Mario Rivera is playing the flute, Bobby Rodriguez is on the electric bass, and John “Dandy” Rodriguez is on bongó and güiro. Sharing the stage, they’ve got a couple of important Latin Jazz musicians that only spent a short time with Puente – Jerry Gonzalez on congas and Eduardo Miranda on guitar. Regardless of the length of the musicians on stage, they all bring the thing that we would expect to a Tito Puente concert – their version of Clare Fischer’s “Morning” is a top notch and exciting bit of Latin Jazz that will leave us inspired!

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Check out recent Latin Jazz videos:
Elio Villafranca & John Santos Playing Prestame La Bicicleta
John Benitez Group Performing Bomba Lirica
Oscar Stagnaro Trio Performing Giant Steps
Three Pianos: Chucho Valdés, Michel Camilo, & Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Roy Hargrove & Crisol Playing Una Mas

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