Brown for a long time. I first met him
when he was working a gig at Arthur's Roundtable
in the Bronx. He has been my friend ever
comes from the Black side of Latin music.
While the Latin explosion was taking place
in Spanish Harlem in New York in the 1960's,
Pucho was working the other side of town
with a devotion to music's Cuban roots
and the greatness of Tito Puente.
He took the funk of Willie Bobo, the drive
of Mongo and extended his music in the direction
of what was called boogaloo which is now
being called Acid Jazz.
I toured Europe with the Latin Percussion
Jazz Ensemble that featured Tito and Patato
in the summer of 1980, he came along to
help manage the tour.
is by his own description an old school
timbale player. A big cowbell, a cymbal
and a whole lot of soul.
has been a bandleader for just about his
entire career and starting sometime in the
early 1990's, his career shot up when someone
in England rediscovered his sound. He has
been traveling the world ever since.