Tito Puente is probably the most beloved symbol of Latin jazz. But more than that, Puente managed to keep his music remarkably fresh over the decades. A trained musician, he was a fine, lyrical vibraphonist, a gifted arranger, and played piano, congas, bongos, and saxophone. Among the major-league congueros who played with the Puente band in the '50s were Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, Johnny Pacheco, and Ray Barretto, which resulted in some explosive percussion shootouts.
Hit the Bongo appears on the "Pa' Lante ! Straight" album, released in 1970.