Percussion-heavy musicians, albums, songs

#1
I have quite recently fallen passionately in love with Tito Puente - Puente in Percussion, and as a very recent newcomer to the salsa scene, would love to discover more music like this: this sort of powerful, rhythmically-intricate music where percussion alone takes the spotlight. Is there any to find, or was Puente in Percussion a one-time event?
 
#2
Here’s a few albums that I have excluding the above…


Tito Puente –
Dance Mania (Legacy Edition has 44 songs) Mambo Gozon, Hong Kong Mambo and Cuando Te Vea are some of my favorites.
Exitos Externos (Ran Kan Kan)

La Maxima 79 -
Regresando al Guaguanco (Singapore Vibes and The Chicken are rockin tracks)


Eddie Palmieri –
Mozambique (Ajiaco Caliente - Some singing in the beginning but one of my favorite Conga Tumbaos)
More Than Mambo (Picadillo)
Ritmo Caliente (Leapfrog To Harlem)
 
#4
I am not sure what "Percussion alone takes the spotlight means, but those songs do have 'Descrga' sections, where the percussionist "go mad".


-Also, if you don't mind Timba - Giraldo Piloto y Klimax's drummer (Giraldo Piloto) is something else...

 
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I have quite recently fallen passionately in love with Tito Puente - Puente in Percussion, and as a very recent newcomer to the salsa scene, would love to discover more music like this: this sort of powerful, rhythmically-intricate music where percussion alone takes the spotlight. Is there any to find, or was Puente in Percussion a one-time event?
Percussion takes the spotlight in the Pedrito Martinez Group, which has only 4 musicians. His Havana Dreams album is awesome, with two collaborations with Ruben Blades and one with Isaac Delgado, and he got Ned Sublette to write the liner notes. It is influenced by Timba in some tracks and has the distinct honor of having parts recorded in both New York and Havana in 2016.

You might also consider listening to some Rumba albums. I like Tata Guines's Aniversario, it's different from others in its addition of Bass and Tres to the Rumba percussion, but believe me that there's plenty of percussive greatness.
 

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