Tito Puente

Vaya Puente

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On this 1962 effort, Tito Puente runs through all of the popular Latin dances and introduces a new one: the sambaroco, or samba mambo. As for the remainder of the album, there are a couple of Puente classics, such as "Mambo Gil," "Solange" (a bolero), "Yimbarco" (a montuno), and the great bembe number "Agua-Nile." The sound is poor on the 12 tracks, but it's an awesome LP to use for Latin dance instruction, though Puente keeps the tempos flying high. You'll either dig these sounds for their steamy insistence of the dance being the very thing of love and life, or you'll look for better sound somewhere else.

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