A. Tito Puente - Tito’s Odyssey
Often referred to as "the king of latin music", Puente was a master timbales player, composer and band leader born in Harlem, New York.
‘Tito’s Odyssey’ is the third Puente track in our Latin 45’s series. Taken from the Tico-Allegre All Stars LP recorded live at Carnegie Hall in 1974, released on Tico. A dramatic intro to top all dramatic intro’s; a wall of building percussion, a huge horn section and crowd noise.
Previously unreleased on 7”, aside from a rare radio Tico promo. Popularised in the UK by the likes of Snowboy, Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge.
AA. Sahib Shihab - Om Mani Padme Hum
The biggest drop in latin music! Taken from Sahib’s ‘Jazz Joint Vol. - Companionship’ LP released in 1971 on German label Vogue Schallplatten featuring other players including Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Francy Boland and Benny Bailey.
Shihab was an American born jazz and ‘hard bop’ saxophonist who worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, John Coltrane, Art Farmer, Donald Byrd and many more greats.
‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ is a sanskrit word and widely used Tibetan Buddhist mantra.