A great little meeting of Latin and jazz players – an oft-overlooked album in Puente's catalog of the time! The album features Woody
leading a small group of jazz players – including Al Cohn, Paul Quinichette, Billy Byers, and Nick Travis – with extra timbales by Puente and congas by Ray Barretto – and the overall approach is light but tight, with more of a straight jazz component than you'd find on most of Tito's records from the time, but also a wonderfully driven groove that still keeps the rhythms mostly on the Latin end of things! Titles include "Cha Cha Chick", "Tito Meets Woody
", "Pillar To Post", "Midnight Sun", "Blue Station", "Mambo Herd", and "Balu".
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Vinyl is in nice shape, but cover has a split spine, some surface wear, and mostly split top seam.)