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1. Chango Moti Awa
2. Puente
3. Los Rumberos De La Habana Y Matanzas
4. Two For T
5. Rocky And Perry
6. Barago
7. 42nd and Broadway

music critic, journalist, promoter and bandleading UK conguero Snowboy
is back with a heavyweight hard-hitting tribute to Tito Puente,
the King of Mambo! "Para Puente"! What more of a personal
tribute can you pay someone than name your album after them? "Para
Puente" is a way of acknowledging how much inspiration Tito
Puente, the King of Mambo, gave and continues to give to Snowboy.

"There are no Puente 'covers' on this album, and other than
my tribute song, "Puente", theres nothing that even sounds
similar, but without him there would be no "us", and countless
other bands besides. . .and through this album I thank him for his
precious life and the legacy that he left us," Snowboy.

Merging Afro-Latin rhythms with modern jazz was Puente's groundbreaking
signature sound, Snowboy with his band The Latin Section carries
the torch on this, his 11th album and 3rd for Cubop. Their authentic
Latin Jazz style wears influences from the masters of the genre
but continues the quest to keep the music exciting and to keep the
dancers dancing. This is not Latin jazz for the faint-hearted, this
is ballsy, straight for the jugular, frenetic and funky Latin music.

"The Latin Section are a respectful, joyful conglomeration
of Son, Salsa and Mambo which takes Afro Cuban music forward"
- The Times "Snowboy is proof positive that Cuban Soul has
truly gone worldwide" - San Francisco Weekly "Snowboy
creates authentic rhythms that help to keep the genre alive"
- Record Mirror "The band achieve an impact that's nothing
short of amazing" - Rhythm Magazine.

Snowboy has been one of the main cornerstones of the British and
European Latin Jazz scene for over 15 years with his powerful band
simply called The Latin Section. The current line-up is comprised
of the finest jazz and Latin musician's based in the U.K: Snowboy,
Davide Giovaninni (who wrote and sings on "Barrago", and
the tribute to two of the U.K.'s most notorious guys from the Jazz
dance scene-"Rocky and Perry") alongside Nico Gomez, Ricardo
Pla, Neil Angilley, Sid Gauld, Gary Plumley, and Paul Taylor. Guest
appearances incude respected UK vibraphonist Roger Beaujolais and
mini-moog keyboard a la vintage Chick Corea!

Snowboy aka Mark Cotgrove is writing a history of the U.K. Jazz
Dance scene and is a columnist for UK-based Big Daddy magazine.
He has recently been featured in the books Salsa - Musical Heartbeat
of Latin America by Sue Steward, Dancin' Salsa - Salsa Hotline Japan
and is in the Who's Who Of Latin Music. In the past couple of years
he has put together 2 top selling compilations of funky Latin and
Brazilian music for the Union Square label in the UK.

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