Louie Vega Presents – Luisito Quintero – “Percussion Maddness”

28 Feb

Release Date: 15th May 2006

Luisito Quintero will be supporting Louie Vega and His Elements of Life as part of on Saturday April 8th at the Coronet*

“I’ve always had the idea of recording an album based on Luisito Quintero as lead percussionist. With the blessing of Tito Puente (who respected Luisito as a musician) I told Luisito that one day I would want to record an album with him. And so be it!”

Louie Vega

See full Luisito Quintero Biography here.

Read a track by track description of the album here.

Little Louie Vega Louie Vega and Luisito Quintero will be available for interview on Tuesday 11th April.

When Luisito Quintero (pictured left with Louie Vega) recorded “Percussion Madness” he included tributes to deceased heroes Fela Kuti and Tito Puente plus his own version of Ray Barretto’s classic “Acid”. Sadly Ray Barretto has since passed on so the original homage has become another tribute to one the greats.

Luisito Quintero was born in Caracas, Venezuela to a percussionist father who was also his first teacher and went on to join the Orquesta Simfonica de Venezuela. He then played with Grupo Guaco and El Trabuco Venezolano and travelled extensively with pan-Caribbean superstar Oscar D’Leon – as well as playing with Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Richard Bona, La India, Jack DeJohnette, Willie Colon, George Benson, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Nuyorican Soul and Masters at Work.

“Percussion Madness” touches down on Afrobeat, Bossa Nova, Latin Jazz and multi-tracked percussive virtuosity and features superlative guest musicians the calibre of pianist Hilton Ruiz, flautist Nestor Torres, respected NY House outfit Blaze, percussion masters Milton Cardona and Jose Mangual and Eddie Palmieri trumpeter Brian Lynch.

This combination of talents has produced an album that never forgets that the roots of Latin music are deep; that Africa spawned most of today’s popular music; and that the power of the drum is universal.

DJ Magazine Review PDFReview PDF 2

Blues & Soul Review PDF

Louis and Luisito Feature – Hot Press Article

Daily Express – Review PDF

Songlines – Review PDF

Daily Telegraph – Review PDF

Percussion Maddness – Review PDF

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