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Para Puente

Artist:   Snowboy

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Latin Jazz 2002 7 0


© 2002 Ubiquity Recordings. All rights reserved.
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# Name Play Time Info
01  Chango Moti Awa
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9:08 6/8 folkloric intro....flamenco influenced melody
02  Puente
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5:58 homaje to classic numbers like Ran Kan Kan
03  Los Rumberos...
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5:41 ...De La Habana Y Matanzas
04  Two For T
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7:02 ...blow that bone baby
05  Rocky And Perry
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4:28 rippin' fast descarga
06  Barrago
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5:51 dance track featuring Davude G. on lead vocals
07  42nd and Broadway
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9:00 the sounds of the streets of New York City
Heavyweight, hard-hitting tribute to Tito Puente from U.K's ambassador of latin jazz --Snowboy.
Total time = 47:00 (mm:ss).

PERSONNEL: Snowboy- congas; Davide Giovannini- drums, timbales, vocals; Nico Gomez- bass;
   Ricardo Pla- bongos, cowbell, cajon, iya, quinto; Neil Angilley- Fender Rhodes, Hammond Organ;
   Sid Gauld- trumpet; Gary Plumley- tenor saxophone; Paul Taylor- trombone.

DJ, music critic, journalist, promoter and bandleading UK conguero Snowboy is back with a heavyweight hard-hitting tribute to Tito Puente, the King of Mambo! "Para Puente"! What more of a personal tribute can you pay someone than name your album after them? "Para Puente" is a way of acknowledging how much inspiration Tito Puente, the King of Mambo, gave and continues to give to Snowboy.

"There are no Puente 'covers' on this album, and other than my tribute song, "Puente", theres nothing that even sounds similar, but without him there would be no "us", and countless other bands besides. . .and through this album I thank him for his precious life and the legacy that he left us," Snowboy.

Merging Afro-Latin rhythms with modern jazz was Puente's groundbreaking signature sound, Snowboy with his band The Latin Section carries the torch on this, his 11th album and 3rd for Cubop. Their authentic Latin Jazz style wears influences from the masters of the genre but continues the quest to keep the music exciting and to keep the dancers dancing. This is not Latin jazz for the faint-hearted, this is ballsy, straight for the jugular, frenetic and funky Latin music.

"The Latin Section are a respectful, joyful conglomeration of Son, Salsa and Mambo which takes Afro Cuban music forward" - The Times "Snowboy is proof positive that Cuban Soul has truly gone worldwide" - San Francisco Weekly "Snowboy creates authentic rhythms that help to keep the genre alive" - Record Mirror "The band achieve an impact that's nothing short of amazing" - Rhythm Magazine.

Snowboy has been one of the main cornerstones of the British and European Latin Jazz scene for over 15 years with his powerful band simply called The Latin Section. The current line-up is comprised of the finest jazz and Latin musician's based in the U.K: Snowboy, Davide Giovaninni (who wrote and sings on "Barrago", and the tribute to two of the U.K.'s most notorious guys from the Jazz dance scene-"Rocky and Perry") alongside Nico Gomez, Ricardo Pla, Neil Angilley, Sid Gauld, Gary Plumley, and Paul Taylor. Guest appearances incude respected UK vibraphonist Roger Beaujolais and mini-moog keyboard a la vintage Chick Corea!

Snowboy aka Mark Cotgrove is writing a history of the U.K. Jazz Dance scene and is a columnist for UK-based Big Daddy magazine. He has recently been featured in the books Salsa - Musical Heartbeat of Latin America by Sue Steward, Dancin' Salsa - Salsa Hotline Japan and is in the Who's Who Of Latin Music. In the past couple of years he has put together 2 top selling compilations of funky Latin and Brazilian music for the Union Square label in the UK.