High Quality 180g Vinyl LP!
Re-mastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering!
A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tito Rodriguez came to New York City in 1939
to sing with his brother's band. He learned to play a variety of instruments
before succeeding as a vocalist with Enric Madriguera, Xavier Cugat, Noro
Morales, and José Curbelo. In 1947 he started his first band with René Hernández,
Cachao Lopez, and Victor Paz.
Several of the great Latin-American singers went on to form their own
aggregations, but Rodriguez was the most successful. One reason is the music,
which has the hip drive of Tito Puente (whom he copied during the Palladium
battles of the "two Titos") and the Palmieri brothers. Eddie Palmieri and
company perform on some of his best albums. In fact, he and Puente, "the two
Titos" headlining at New York City's famous Palladium, were rivals for the title
of Mambo King until Perez Prado took it.
While Tito Rodriguez played mambo on a par with the others, it was his voice
that set him apart. Whether it's mambo, Latin twist, or sentimental ballads,
Rodriguez rarely strayed far from authentic or progressive Latin. Indeed, no
other performer epitomizes the Latin showman as well as he: top vocal stylist,
versatile musician, sophisticated arranger-composer, handsome bandleader, leader
of the New York Latin scene. Tito Rodriguez' music is quintessential.
Given the popularity of all three rhythms listed in the title, it's no surprise
that Tito would think of them as his "loves" – especially since they'd all
helped spur on new energy in Latin music! But over and above the rhythms, the
album itself is one of Tito's greatest from the '50s – spare, lean, and with a
style that's both lively and jazzy – never dipping into some of the too-heavy
modes that Tito succumbed to in later years. Tracks are all short, with lots of
horn work on top of the percussion.
• High quality 180g Vinyl LP
• Re-mastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering
• Made in the U.K.
1. Sweetness Of You
3. Asi...Asi (Juana, Juana)
4. My Tobi's Blues
5. A Llegado El Guaguanco
6. This is Mambo (Esto Es Mambo)
1. Violets And Violins (Mon Coeur Est Un Violon)
4. Cha-Cha-Cha Para Ti
5. Sabroso Mambo
6. Guaguanco Bonito