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Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1977


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  • Audio CD (August 5, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Monterey Jazz Fest
  • ASIN: B001BPX4BU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,727 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Para los Rumberos
2. Oye Como Va
3. Babarabatiri
4. Delirio
5. Tito's Odyssey
6. Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing (Cha Cha Cha)
7. Pare Cochero
8. El Rey del Timbal
9. Picadillo

Editorial Reviews

The Latin-jazz legend always put on stage-stealing shows at festivals, and this 1977 performance was no exception. His spectacular band does his songs Santana made famous, Oye Como Va and Para Los Rumberos , plus Para Cochero; Picadillo; El Rey Del Timbal , and more!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Juan N. Montenegro on May 3, 2009
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The top NY salsa bands rarely traveled out of town at the beginning of the Salsa craze of the 1970's. The obvious place to go, and a real sign that the music was booming outside New York, was California. Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, and Eddie Palmieri were the first to go. I was out there for that one, at the Hollywood Palladium one night and at a little Latin club the other night. What was the name? I remember that Palmieri didn't like the way the piano sounded and threatened to walk.

Getting back to this CD, this hidden gem was not released (that I know of) when it was recorded, but hey, who cares! We have it now! An energetic if not frenetic Tito Puente meets and greets his California audience, and this might have been his first big gig out West! The band is great, but as with most old live outdoor recordings, it's gone with the wind.

For a great Puente live recording listen to LIVE AT BIRDLAND from 1999. You won't believe this thing.

But this 1977 Puente live recording is still a nice historical item. I am sure the guys in the band had the time of their lives in that California sun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Pulin on March 9, 2013
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I'm biased because I was in the band that made this live
recording at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1977. I am the
trombone soloist!
I was elated to find out that there was a cd on the market.
The only recording that the band knew about was a live
radio feed back to LA.
Apparently Concord purchased the radio broadcast!
Good that they did! And good for my bank-account too!
If there is a better latin-jazz big band then the one
featured on this cd, I want to hear it!
Along with Buddy Rich and Art Blakey (who was watching
us from a back-stage position that night) Tito is one of
the greatest drummer-bandleaders of all time!
The band was really ON that September night in 1977 too!
Cal Tjader came out and did a 'dueling vibraphone' feature
with Tito on a few numbers!
All of the soloists shine brightly!
Al Shikaly is phenomenal on tenor-sax and the late-great
Mauricio Smith plays a flute solo on "Delirio" that I personally
consider to be one of the greatest flute solos of all time!
I know because I had to follow him with my solo, and the
audience was still applauding him all the way through my solo!

If you appreciate the very best in latin-jazz music played by a
great big-band, don't miss this one!
Its the best!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nomuyvivo on August 26, 2014
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I'm a big fan of Tito Puente, his legacy as a musician, arranger, performer and band leader is undeniable but if you are, like me, a musician, you will agree this recording is a train wreck from beginning to end, it should have kept under wraps forever and never see the light of the day. It is clear that those musicians didn't rehearse that much since the band can't sound quiet tight as you expect from musicians that caliber. Some reeds were off key, some riffs are totally disperse and brass not as tight as you wanted to hear from a Tito Puente's band, not to mention the FADE OUT at the last track PICADILLO and a mediocre mix. I guess the only good thing about this particular concert date was the scouting eye of Mr. Carl E. Jefferson founder of the CONCORD JAZZ/PICANTE RECORDS and the upcoming and long tenure from Mr. Puente and his new (for that time) Latin Ensemble for that seal for about 12 years. I guess you won't find any other band playing Jazz latin style better than Mr. Puente in those Concord Records years, even the only performance recorded LIVE as EL REY/ Tito Puente and His Latin Ensemble (CJP-4250) is an amazing recording where everything is tight as a knot. If you are not a musician and you think anything with a conga is good latin music, maybe you will enjoy this regrettable thing. I'm confident that Mr. Puente himself wouldn't feel that proud about this particular material, it is a mess.!
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