Carlos "Patato" Valdes

Real Name:
Carlos Valdes
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Conga player of Cuban origin (born November 4, 1926, Havana, Cuba - died December 5, 2007, New York City).

Considered by some to be the greatest ever Cuban conga player, Patato played with Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Tito Puente, Machito, Mario Bauzá, Quincy Jones and many other salsa and jazz stars.
The first conguero to tune his congas to a song's dominant chord, Patato's influence was felt on the jazz and Latin music scenes and also in the world of film, where he gave Brigitte Bardot a mambo lesson in And God Created Woman.
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Albums

LP 2253 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - Stitt Goes Latin album art Sonny Stitt Featuring Willie Bobo, Thad Jones, Patato*, Chick Corea, Chihuahua (5) Sonny Stitt Featuring Willie Bobo, Thad Jones, Patato*, Chick Corea, Chihuahua (5) - Stitt Goes Latin (Album) Roost, Royal Roost LP 2253 US 1963 Sell This Version
LPV-337 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - Understanding Latin Rhythms Vol. 1 album art José Mangual* & Carlos "Patato" Valdez* José Mangual* & Carlos "Patato" Valdez* - Understanding Latin Rhythms Vol. 1 (Album) Latin Percussion Ventures, Inc. LPV-337 US 1974 Sell This Version
YW-7505-RO Carlos "Patato" Valdes - Stitt Goes Latin album art Sonny Stitt Featuring Willie Bobo, Thad Jones, Patato*, Chick Corea, Chihuahua (5) Sonny Stitt Featuring Willie Bobo, Thad Jones, Patato*, Chick Corea, Chihuahua (5) - Stitt Goes Latin(LP, Album, RE) Roulette Records YW-7505-RO Japan 1975 Sell This Version
LPV419, LPV-419 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - Ready For Freddy album art Carlos "Patato" Valdez* Ready For Freddy (Album) Latin Percussion Ventures, Inc., Latin Percussion Ventures, Inc. LPV419, LPV-419 US 1976 Sell This Version
LPV 393 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - Authority album art Patato* Authority (Album) Latin Percussion Ventures, Inc. LPV 393 US 1976 Sell This Version
JMTS-1422 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - Puente In Percussion album art Tito Puente With Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo & Patato* Tito Puente With Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo & Patato* - Puente In Percussion (Album) Tico Records JMTS-1422 France 1978 Sell This Version
LPV586, LPV 586 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - Bata Y Rumba album art Carlos "Patato" Valdez* Bata Y Rumba(LP) Latin Percussion Ventures, Inc., Latin Percussion Ventures, Inc. LPV586, LPV 586 US 1980 Sell This Version
TR-156 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - Sonido Solido album art Alfredo Rodriguez, Patato*, Totico* Alfredo Rodriguez, Patato*, Totico* - Sonido Solido (Album) TR Records TR-156 US 1983 Sell This Version
CD 15827-2 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - Master Piece album art Patato* Master Piece (Album) Messidor, Messidor CD 15827-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
TNGCD 7300 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - Ritmo Y Candela album art Carlos "Patato" Valdes And Changuito And Orestes Vilato Carlos "Patato" Valdes And Changuito And Orestes Vilato - Ritmo Y Candela (Album) Tonga TNGCD 7300 US 1995 Sell This Version
RWCD 9702 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - Ritmo y Candela II: African Crossroads album art Patato* Ritmo y Candela II: African Crossroads(CD, Album) Round World Music RWCD 9702 US 1996 Sell This Version
TRLP-1011 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - Puente In Percussion album art Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, Patato* Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, Patato* - Puente In Percussion(CD, Album, RE) Tico Records TRLP-1011 US 1996 Sell This Version
JD193 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - The Conga Kings album art Giovanni Hidalgo, Candido, Patato Valdes* Giovanni Hidalgo, Candido, Patato Valdes* - The Conga Kings (Album) Chesky Records JD193 US 2000 Sell This Version
LPV103CD Carlos "Patato" Valdes - Authority album art Patato* Authority(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) LP Music Group LPV103CD US 2000 Sell This Version
7243 5 32869 2 7 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - El Arte Del Sabor album art Bebo Valdés Trio Con Cachao Y Patato* Invitado Especial Paquito D'Rivera Bebo Valdés Trio Con Cachao Y Patato* Invitado Especial Paquito D'Rivera - El Arte Del Sabor(CD, Album, Dig) Lola Records (3), Chrysalis 7243 5 32869 2 7 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
JD217 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - The  Conga Kings - Jazz Descargas album art Giovanni Hidalgo, Candido, Carlos "Patato" Valdes Giovanni Hidalgo, Candido, Carlos "Patato" Valdes - The Conga Kings - Jazz Descargas(CD, Album) Chesky Records JD217 US 2001 Sell This Version
JUST 156-2 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - Sunwheels album art Michael Marcus Trio (2), Carlos "Patato" Valdes Michael Marcus Trio (2), Carlos "Patato" Valdes - Sunwheels(CD, Album) Justin Time JUST 156-2 Canada 2001 Sell This Version
PMR-025, 804865112 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - El Hombre album art Carlos "Patato" Valdes El Hombre(CD, Album) PM, PM PMR-025, 804865112 US 2004 Sell This Version
EFA 15853-2 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - Unico Y Differente album art Carlos "Patato" Valdes Unico Y Differente(CD, Album) Connector Music EFA 15853-2 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
0946 3 74237 2 1 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - A.T.'s Delight album art Art Taylor, Dave Burns, Stanley Turrentine, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers (3), 'Potato' Valdez* Art Taylor, Dave Burns, Stanley Turrentine, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers (3), 'Potato' Valdez* - A.T.'s Delight(CD, Album, RM, RP) Blue Note 0946 3 74237 2 1 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
LIS-561 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - Guaguanco album art Patato* Y Cortijo Canta: Orlando Contreras Patato* Y Cortijo Canta: Orlando Contreras - Guaguanco (Album) Regio LIS-561 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

45-419 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - La Ambulancia / Canto A Changó album art Carlos "Patato" Valdes La Ambulancia / Canto A Changó(7", Single) Latin Percussion Ventures, Inc. 45-419 US 1976 Sell This Version
45-393 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - Alma Mia / Chevere album art Carlos "Patato" Valdes Alma Mia / Chevere(7") Latin Percussion Ventures, Inc. 45-393 US 1976 Sell This Version
TR-45-156 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - El Yerbero / Monsieuw José album art Alfredo* - Patato* - Totico* Alfredo* - Patato* - Totico* - El Yerbero / Monsieuw José(7", Single) TR Records TR-45-156 US 1983 Sell This Version

Compilations

CD 62039 Carlos "Patato" Valdes - Salsa Tropical album art Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Tito Rodriguez, Herbie Mann, Ray Barretto, Johnny Pacheco, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Santos Colón, Santos Miranda Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Tito Rodriguez, Herbie Mann, Ray Barretto, Johnny Pacheco, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Santos Colón, Santos Miranda - Salsa Tropical(CD, Comp) Saludos Amigos CD 62039 1993 Sell This Version