They have shared the stage and billings with such major acts as Tito Puente, Tito
Puente Jr., Eddie Palmieri, Andy Montanez, Los Hermanos Moreno, Arturo Sandoval, Branford Marsalis, the Count Basie and Woody Herman Orchestras, and others.
They excel on the selections Journey into Outland, Picadillo (featuring guest Ronnie Puente, Tito
Puente's oldest son, on a marimba solo), The Ghanan Trail (highlighting Andrea Brachfeld's flute solo), and Naomi's Fantasy (with tasty solos provided by Ariel Santiago on flute, Julio Botti on sax, and Erik Piza on timbal).
Andrea Brachfeld and Ariel Santiago contributed flute solos, and Ronnie Puente, Tito
Puente's eldest son, solos on marimba on Picadillo.
The chosen spot is the historic Sweet's Ballroom that was called Sand's Ballroom in the 1960s and presented great artists like Tito Puente, Tito
Rodriguez and many other icons of salsa, Latin pop and Mexican music.
Known as "El Maestro" (the teacher) of the mambo sound, Santos has played, recorded, composed and arranged, during the past 50 years, for New York's premiere Latin orchestras, including those led by Tito Puente, Tito
Redriguez, Mario Bauza and Machito, just to name a few.
It's hard to believe--after being at the right place and at the right time in the bands of Tito Puente, Tito
Rodriguez, Charlie Palmieri, Eddie Palmieri, and many others--that this was it.
Armando Peraza is a great influence, as well as Tito Puente, Tito
Rodriguez, Marcelino Valdes, Los Papines, Tata Guines, Changuito, Mongo Santamaria, Patato Valdes, Orestes Vilato--I can go on and on.
With the exception of Cannonology, featuring the legendary Bobby Porcelli on alto sax, this is a salsa album with dance-happy charts that bear the nostalgic stamps of the Palladium Big 3--Tito Puente, Tito
Rodriguez, and Machito--with the musicality and vigor of a new millennium.
The sounds of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra brought back fond memories to the vintage generation, of the New York old-school "salsa dura" while paying homage to the legacy of the legendary Manhattan's Palladium Ballroom that featured bands of the BIG-3--Tito Puente, Tito
Rodriguez and Machito back in the day.
My dad had a nice collection of records (LPs), which he played daily, including his favorites: Felipe Rodriguez, Bobby Capo, Tito Puente, Tito
Rodriguez, Ismael Rivera, and Machito.
His musical virtuosity turned hito into an artist sought after by the bands led by Tito Puente, Tito
Rodriguez and Machito, among many others, throughout the years.
The brother of Eddie Palmieri, Charlie made a name for himself in the New York City Latin scene of the 1940s and 1950s, performing with popular figures such as Tito Puente, Tito
Rodriguez, Xavier Cugat, and Vicentico Valdes.