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Carlos "Patato" Valdez and Tito Puente. While they were connected professionally from time to time in the 1950s and 1960's, it was at the Buyú recording session in 1977 that they began an association that continued through several other records that I produced and finally on to the Latin Percussion Jazz Ensemble in which they shared top billing and did 4 international tours. Tito always had a great fondness for Patato and they were not only a great dynamic rhythm duo but a great comedy team on and off stage.