During the period covered by this 1998 sampler CD, Tito Puente had a series of very strong Latin jazz bands, much more jazz-oriented than most of his earlier work. In fact, other than his own "Lucky Dog," all dozen selections on this retrospective are jazz standards, including "Airegin," "On Broadway," "Donna Lee," "Jordu," and "Killer Joe." In addition to Puente's regular band, there are guest appearances by George Shearing (on "Lullaby of Birdland"), Maynard Ferguson, Phil Woods, and Terry Gibbs included on this worthwhile overview.
The Concord Jazz Heritage Series Review
by Scott Yanow