Woody Herman & Tito Puente – Herman’s Heat & Puente’s Beat (1958)

FrontCover1A summit with two real fine musicians:

Woodrow Charles Herman (May 16, 1913 – October 29, 1987), known as Woody Herman was an American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, singer, and big band leader. Leading various groups called “The Herd”, Herman came to prominence in the late 1930s and was active until his death in 1987. His bands often played music that was cutting edge and experimental for its time; they received numerous Grammy nominations and awards.

Ernesto Antonio “Tito” Puente, Jr. (April 20, 1923 – June 1, 2000), known as Tito Puente was an American musician, songwriter, record producer and bandleader. The son of Ernest and Felicia Puente, native Puerto Ricans living in New York City’s Spanish Harlem, Puente is often credited as “The Musical Pope”, “El Rey de los Timbales” (The King of the Timbales) and “The King of Latin Music”. He is best known for dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions that endured over a 50-year career. He and his music appear in many films such as The Mambo Kings and Fernando Trueba’s Calle 54. He guest-starred on several television shows, including Sesame Street and The Simpsons two-part episode “Who Shot Mr. Burns?”. His most famous song is “Oye Como Va”. (wikipedia)


In 1958 Woody & Tito agreed to combine forces and produce this outstanding abum, recorded in New York.

Listen and enjoy the fun of music !


Ray Barretto (percussion)
Al Belletto (saxophone)
Jimmy Campbell (drums)

Woody Herman (clarinet, saxophone)
Major Holley (bass)
Gilbert Lopez (percussion)
Al Planck (piano)
Tito Puente (timbales)

Ray Rodriguez (percussion)
Robert Rodriguez (bass)
Al Forte – Bobby Clark – Danny Stiles – Ernie Royal – Hal Posey – Marky Markowitz – Nick Travis – Steve Lipkins – Willie Thomas

Bill Elton – Billy Byers – Frank Rehak – Jimmy Guinn – Roger DeLilio – Willie Dennis

Jay Migliore – Joe Romano (2) – Marty Flax

Al Cohn – Danny Bank – Paul Quinichette – Pete Mondello – Sam Marowitz

Alternate front + backcover:

01. Latin Flight (Puente) 2.03.
02. New Cha-Cha (Puente) 3.03
03. Mambo Herd (Puente) 2.40
04. Tito Meets Woody (Puente) 2.39
05. Cha-Cha Chick (Puente) 3.02
06. Blue Gardenia (Puente) 3.11
07. Prelude A La Cha Cha (Puente) 4.05
08. It’s Coolin’ Time (Cohn/Harris) 4.20
09. Black Orchids (Geller) 2.34
10. Original No. 2 (unknown) 3.09
11. Sinbad The Sailor (Mandel) 4.03
12. Mambo Bambo (unknown) 3.19
13. Fire Island (Burns) 3.16




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