JazzTimes - 3/97, p.103
"...a set of driving big band arrangements, abetted by guest trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. The tunes are bop standards with powerful percussion. Ferguson's aggressive, high-flying attack makes him perfect for a Puente production..."
Personnel includes: Tito Puente (conductor, arranger, vibraphone, percussion, timbales); Maynard Ferguson (trumpet, flugelhorn); Mario Rivera (tenor & soprano saxophones, flute, piccolo); Don Menza (tenor saxophone); Ray Vega, Bobby Shew (trumpet); Michael Philip Mossman (trumpet, trombone); Hilton Ruiz (piano); Ruben Rodriguez (bass).
Engineers: Paul Wickliffe, Dominic Camardella.
Recorded at The Hit Factory and Sound On Sound Studios, New York, New York on June 11-13, 1996; Sound Design, Santa Barbara, California on July 12-13. 1996. Includes liner notes by Mark Holston.
Personnel: Tito Puente (vibraphone, marimba, timbales); Mario Rivera (flute, piccolo, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Bobby Porcelli (alto saxophone); Don Menza (tenor saxophone); Mitch Frohman (baritone saxophone); Maynard Ferguson, Ray Vega (trumpet, flugelhorn); Michael Philip Mossman (trumpet, trombone); John Walsh , Wayne Bergeron, Bobby Shew (trumpet); Tom Garling, Lewis Kahn (trombone); Hilton Ruiz, Sonny Bravo (piano); Louis Bauzo, John Rodriguez, Jose Madera, Jimmy Delgado (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Phil Edwards .
Liner Note Author: Mark Holston.
Recording information: Hit Factory Studios, New York, NY (06/11/1996-07/13/1996); Sound Design Studios, Santa Barbara, CA (06/11/1996-07/13/1996); Sound On Sound Recording, Inc., New York, NY (06/11/1996-07/13/1996); The Hit Factory, New York, NY (06/11/1996-07/13/1996).
Director: Tito Puente.
Photographers: David Lubarsky; Janet Sommer.
Arrangers: Hilton Ruiz; Marty Sheller; Tito Puente; Tom Garling; Michael Philip Mossman; Jose Madera; Sonny Bravo; Mitch Frohman.
Tito Puente, the godfather of Latin jazz, celebrated 50 years in music with this sizzling CD. "Be-Bop" is launched with a duel between trumpeters Bobby Shew and Maynard Ferguson. Underrated alto saxophonist Bobby Porcelli and tenorman Mario Rivera make this version of "Stablemates" a keeper. The rarely heard "Venus De Milo" is revived with a warm tribute to composer Gerry Mulligan by baritone saxophonist Mitch Forman. Special Delivery is big-band Latin jazz at its best. ~ Ken Dryden