Puente, the undisputed King of Latin Music, stopped
by LP to discuss the new timbales that he would
take on tour with him. This tour took place
in July, 1998 with Steve Winwood and Arturo Sandoval.
Artist Manny Vega met with the product development
department and artist relations team at LP
headquarters in Garfield, NJ to discuss the
elaborate designs.The timbales were also to mark
the 75th birthday of this grand master which took
place on the 20th of April.
April 29th 1998 I had the good fortune of being
able to attend the rehearsal
of the Tito Puente Orchestra for the live
recording the following week at the nightclub,
Birdland, in New York City. The rhythm section
of this band was and always had been solid LP.
The rehearsal took place at Carroll Musical, which
figured significantly in the birth of LP. Carroll
Bratman, founder of this company, advanced me
the money to build my first instruments in 1964.
Rodriguez, Jr. was playing bongos while José
Madera was playing timbales and conducting