Tito Puente sits in on three of the nine numbers, two of them on vibes. The music is generally more bop-oriented than Ruiz 's earlier Novus releases, with highlights including his "Sonny's Mood," "Little Suede Shoes," "Maiden Voyage" and "Con Alma"; the latter is a duet by Ruiz and Sepulveda.
Hilton Ruiz was found unconscious after suffering a head injury and he died a short time later. It was never established whether he was mugged or fell and hit his head on the sidewalk.
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Hilton Ruiz - piano David Sanchez - tenor sax Steve Turre - trombone Charlie Sepulveda - trumpet Tito Puente - vibes & timbales Steve Berrios - timbales Andy Gonzalez - bass Ignacio Berroa - drums Joe Gonzalez - bongos Giovanni Hidalgo - congas Carlos "Patato" Vales - congas. Telarc CD - 83338 (US). Thanks to snobb for the updates.
Although the extraordinary pianist Hilton Ruiz made many superb recordings in his short career, none is more iconic than Heroes and it is not simply for the stellar line-up on the disc, but for the unbridled genius of Mr. Ruiz’s playing. The album came two years after another fine album by the pianist – Manhattan Mambo (Telarc Jazz, 1992) – and many of his admirers might be tempted to prefer one over the other.
One of Hilton Ruiz's best recordings and with an all star supporting cast, and with several jazz standards. Wonderful trombone solos in Lover Man from Steve Turre, indeed a crying trombone, and Tito Puente on the vibraphone. For Max combines Ignacio Berroa's excellent percussion with David Sanchez bold sax solos and Ruiz piano solos. That is a great tune, and these guys really do it well. The album is worth getting for Maiden Voyage alone, but you will definitely enjoy the rest of the tunes. I enjoy Steve Turre, and he has some good solos on this album. So that was a pleasant addition.
Hilton Ruiz - Heroes (1994). Although often overlooked, pianist Hilton Ruiz has been one of the top Latin jazz bandleaders (at least on record) of the 1980s and '90s. Tito Puente sits in on three of the nine numbers, two of them on vibes. Read full description.
Hilton Ruiz (May 29, 1952 – June 6, 2006) was an American jazz pianist in the Afro-Cuban jazz mold, but was also a talented bebop player. He was of Puerto Rican descent. Born in New York City, Ruiz began playing piano at the age of five after being inspired by Duke Ellington. At the age of eight he performed Mozart at Carnegie Hall. In high school Ruiz studied jazz piano with Mary Lou Williams. In 1973 he was a sideman for Roland Kirk, then later for Clark Terry.
Steppin' into Beauty.
|1||Sonny's Mood Hilton Ruiz||Hilton Ruiz||5:19|
|2||Guataca Hilton Ruiz||Hilton Ruiz||7:04|
|3||Little Suede Shoes Charlie Parker||Hilton Ruiz||6:05|
|4||Lover Man Jimmy Davis / Roger "Ram" Ramirez / Jimmy Sherman||Hilton Ruiz||9:19|
|5||For Max Hilton Ruiz||Hilton Ruiz||5:51|
|6||Maiden Voyage Herbie Hancock||Hilton Ruiz||8:54|
|7||Con Alma Dizzy Gillespie||Hilton Ruiz||7:10|
|8||Tune Up Miles Davis||Hilton Ruiz||7:11|
|9||Praise Hilton Ruiz||Hilton Ruiz||4:05|
Performer: Hilton Ruiz
Recording date: November 8, 1993 - November 9, 1993
Style: Afro-Cuban Jazz,Cuban Jazz,Latin Jazz,World Fusion,Jazz Instrument,Piano Jazz
Recording location: Studio A, Power Station, New York, NY
Size MP3: 1509 mb
Size FLAC: 1366 mb
Rating: 4.6 / 5
Other Formats: MP1 MMF ADX VQF FLAC MIDI