Tito Puente and His Latin Ensemble Mambo Diablo 180g LP

Tito Puente

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180g Vinyl LP in Honor of Tito's Centennial!
All-Analog Mastering from the Original Tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio!

1986 Grammy Award Winner:
• Best Tropical Latin Performance: Mambo Diablo

"Although he was never inactive, the 1980s found Tito Puente in a bit of a renaissance. His exciting Afro-Cuban jazz band had found a home on the Concord Picante label, and his music was increasing in popularity again. This particular [album] has a stronger than his usual repertoire, including 'Take Five,' 'Lush Life' (done as Latin jazz), 'Pick Yourself Up' and 'Lullaby of Birdland'; the latter song has its composer George Shearing guesting on piano. Puente wrote half of the arrangements, contributed some excellent playing on timbales and vibes, and is heard heading a spirited three-horn, three-percussion octet. Very enjoyable music." -Scott Yanow,, 4.5/5 stars

Kevin Gray, using the original master tapes, has remastered this material with his typical care. The blend of horns and percussion throughout is beautifully balanced with the right amount of space for Puente's vibes and timbales or the solos from woodwind player Mario Rivera and saxophonist George Shearing (on hand to guest on his 'Lullaby of Birdland') to jump more boldly out of the mix.
-Robert Ham, Paste Magazine


  • 180g Vinyl
  • All-Analog Mastering from the Original Tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
  • Made in USA


Tito Puente timbales, vibes, percussion
Sonny Bravo piano
Jimmy Frisaura valve trombone, trumpet, flugelhorn
Ray Gonzalez trumpet, flugelhorn
Jose Madera congas, percussion
Mario Rivera tenor & soprano saxophones, flute
Bobby Rodriguez bass
Johnny "Dandy" Rodriguez bongos, percussion
George Shearing piano on "Lullabye of Birdland"


Side One:

  1. Mambo Diablo
  2. Take Five
  3. Lush Life
  4. Pick Yourself Up

Side Two:

  1. Lullaby of Birdland
  2. No Pienses Así
  3. China
  4. Eastern Joy Dance

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