EL REY DEL TIMBALE is the 2020 vinyl repress from Tito`s 1956 album Puente In Percussion, French edition, originally on Barclay
1956 masterpiece `El Rey del timbale aux percussions` with an all-stars line-up consisting in Mongo Santamaria, Wilie Bobo,. Cuban-born congero Carlos “Patato” Valdes and Miami-born acoustic bassist Bobby Rodriguez (who had played with Dizzy Gillespie and Noro Morales) and Tito himself. A simply astounding, powerhouse of percussive jams delivered Latin style. It would spawn several copycat successors, including Puente’s own Top Percussion, but nothing really tops the invigorating, spontaneous feeling captured on `Puente In Percussion`. A dramatic, action-packed set from start to finish, the beauty of the collaboration is ably reflected on “The Big Four” and “Congo Beat”; “Tito And Mongo On Timbales” is a percussive duel and “Swinging The Mambo” betrays the influence of jazz on the percussive styles. Puente In Percussion was so ahead of its time that it has enjoyed repeated demand throughout the decades, reaching back into circulation in the 1960, 70s, 90s and into the new millennium. Puente went on to pioneer all kinds of other incredible innovations in Latin jazz and other genres, yet Puente In Percussion reminds of the primeval percussive core at the heart of his work. Crank it up and let the rhythms work their magic.
4. Tito And Mongo On Timbales