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In this week’s salsa album pick, we review the outstanding new release from pianist Marlow Rosado Y La Riqueña with several guests, Salsanimal

Salsa: Mambo Legends Orchestra release their new album “Watch Out! (Ten Cuidao)” on theClave.
A recent reorganization brings the former Tito Puente musicians together as the Mambo Legends Orchestra; as the band furthers its reach and continues to create music which overwhelms the senses and gives audiences worldwide a new standard for salsa.

The Mambo Legends Orchestra is led by John ‘Dandy’ Rodriguez, Mitch Frohman and musically directed by Jose Madera, each having spent over 25 years working with Tito Puente. The focus of the band is driven by their dedication to keeping the sound of the 50’s and 60’s Palladium era music thriving and moving forward.

John ‘Dandy’ Rodriguez
John spent over 30 years with the Tito Puente Orchestra, also working with Tito Rodriguez from 1965 to 1968 and with Ray Barretto from 1970 until the end of 1972. John went on to form his successful ‘Tipica 73’ band in 1972, which he was with until 1979. Following this, he went back to work with Tito Puente, playing alongside him until his death in May of 2000.

Jose Madera
Jose spent 31 years with the Tito Puente Orchestra. While there, he served as a percussionist and later went on to become a musical arranger and the musical director of the orchestra. He has written many arrangements for countless commercial Latin artists and has recorded or worked with many of them as well. Some of them include Larry Harlow, Johnny Pacheco, Chico O’Farill, Machito, Graciela, Mario Bauza, Willie Rosario, Earl Klughand, The Lincoln Center Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Celia Cruz, Tito Rodriguez, Fania All-Stars, Willie Colon, Joe Farrell and Eddie Palmieri to name a few. Jose has also worked and recorded with many pop, R&B and jazz artists. Some of them include Diana Ross, James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Paquito D’Rivera, George Benson and Lionel Hampton among others.

Mitch Frohman
Mitch is one of the top saxophonist/flutists on the music scene. For 25 years he was the sax and flute soloist with the Tito Puente Orchestra and Latin-Jazz Ensemble, Mitch continues his work as co-leader with the Mambo Legends Orchestra. Some of the great Salsa and Latin Jazz artists he has played and or recorded with are Mongo Santamaria, Celia Cruz, La Lupe, Eddie and Charlie Palmieri, Paquito D’Rivera, Chico O’Farill Orchestra, Millie Jocelyn y Los Vecinos, Cheo Feliciano, Joe Cuba and many more. He has also played and or recorded with Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, David Byrne, Talking Heads and Blood, Sweat and Tears.

Check it out and I hope to see you on the dance floor.
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