Help Settle A Dispute...

Megan claims that Tito Puente does not rock.
I think he does (or at least he did).
All I know is that I have a bunch of his albums
and I'm certain that I have heard him rock on
more than one occasion.

Have my ears been deceiving me?


Cooper Green said...

Tito Puente rocks. Sorry, Megan.

Megan said...

I'm not saying he's not good, although I don't particularly care for him. I'm simply saying he doesn't ROCK. Led Zeppelin rocks, Guns n' Roses rocks, Janis Joplin rocks. Bands or musicians with. . .you know. . .electric guitars rock. Even Chris's link to Wikipedia tells us that Tito Puente"is best known for dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions." That is SO not rocking.

Some Guy said...

Megan- Not buyin' it. Jazz can and does rock from time to time, especially the high-energy, percussion-centric brand of jazz that Senor Puente specialized in. I'm sorry, but in this instance, you don't know your ass from apple butter.

Writeprocrastinator said...

I beg to differ. On the rare occasion when Tito and Santana did "Oye Como Va" on the same stage, Tito rocked.

Geo said...

Nope. I'm with Megan. Tito Puente's fine and all but jazz can't and does not rock. Rock, in fact, rocks. I believe that's why they call it rock.

Or sometimes rawk.

Some Guy said...

Geo- Get out of my blog.

Cooper Green said...

This is an an English question, not a music question. If someone says to you (and I'm sure they do), "Megan, you rock!" do you quickly assume that you have absorbed all the attributes of Axl Rose (god help us), or do you assume, correctly this time, that you are fabulous? My vote's for fabulous. Just like Tito Puente.

Johnny Yen said...

"One of these days, everybody will be listening to Tito Puente and you can tell them you were listening to him years ago."-- Bill Murray, Stripes

Got to agree with you-- Tito Puente rocks. I assume you know that he wrote "Oyo Como Va," which Santana very ably covered on his classic "Abraxas."

That reminds me, I've got to post about a great story involving Tito Puente, my son and my best friend.

Splotchy said...

Asking whether Tito Puente rocks is unfair to Puente, as that term is used to describe music outside the genres he mostly worked in (jazz, mambo, etc.).

It's like asking if Aerosmith is crunky enough.

To use a more appropriate term to Puente's music, let's ask the question, "does it swing?"

The answer is HELL YES.

Writeprocrastinator said...


"but jazz can't and does not rock."

All I have to say to that is "Al DiMeola."

I should add to that Steely Dan, which Fagen and Becker did play both genres well and mixed them together just as well.

Johnny Yen,

I didn't learn that he wrote the song until right about two years before his passing.

Anonymous said...

Just passing by and saw this post; had to comment.

It doesn't make a lick of difference what your music preferences are, or what style of music he played.

Tito Puentes did and always shall ROCK.


P.S. Axl Rose?! Ugh.

Melinda June said...

I saw Tito Puente in a club in Seattle about 10 years ago and he most definitely rocked. In both senses of the word. Especially for an old dude. Hubba hubba.

Anonymous said...

To rock means to place the emphasis on beats one and three.