This challenge could get expensive – here I am now, three for three, that’s three great albums in a row, that I had not previously heard; all three of them I want for my collection.
I love Tito Puente and have some albums featuring him, a terrific, 50-track double-disc compilation being my go-to, and I’ve known about him since I was a teen, obsessed with buying and reading Modern Drummer. So Puente was a guy I knew about before I really heard him – and then of course there was Oye Como Va, which I knew from the Santana version first off, but it was listening to Santana and Puente (and Sheila E.) that made me want to get some timbales. I integrated them with my standard drum-kit, had them angled over like auxiliary toms. It was fun for a while, and I would get excited about the possibilities – reading about how Porno For Pyros’ Stephen Perkins (also the drummer for Jane’s Addiction) was using timbales in his Porno kit; just a variance – a change. (I think he used one as a snare?) Anyway, I’d read all this stuff – and watch clips of Sheila E. and Santana and Tito Puente – and all of them together at one point, even. And I’d think about how cool it would be…
And then I’d play them as part of my kit, when I tried playing along to Jeff Beck’s Blow By Blow album and so on…and, yeah, it never really worked.
But I’ve always loved the sound.
Anyway, nice to be reminded of Tito – and tremendous to hear this album. A killer.
The highlight from this album, if there’s only one, is Hong Kong Mambo.
And I guess this album is really rather similar (same broad genre) to my previous entry. But that’s as it is. I’m sure there’s something different on the next page, or the page after that. And maybe soon I’ll rub up against a new-to-me album that I don’t really like. But not at this stage. It’s three from three. Onward…