International Beat: Tito Puente, Ashley MacIsaac, Luciano Pavarotti ...

Tito Puente released from hospital; MacIsaac files for bankruptcy.

Timbales legend Tito Puente was released from San Juan, Puerto Rico's Pavia Hospital on Tuesday (May 2) after two days of treatment for an irregular heartbeat. The 77-year-old bandleader was forced to cancel all his May concerts. ... Cape Breton "fiddling bad boy" Ashley MacIsaac will meet with his creditors after filing for bankruptcy on April 14. ...

Major League Baseball and Columbia Records released MLB Caliente on Tuesday (May 2). The Latin dance-music compilation includes tracks by pop sensations Marc Anthony and Julio Iglesias, Jr., hip-hop tribe Cypress Hill, salsero Gilberto Santa Rosa and others. The disc will be sold at stadiums during the regular baseball season. ... Guinean kora player Jali Musa Jawara and American slide guitarist Bob Brozman will record an album for the French Melodie label. ...

Actor Michael Douglas is promoting Noches Mediterráneas, an international-music festival to be held this summer in the town of Valldemossa on the Spanish island of Mallorca. In addition to Mediterranean music, the festival will feature flamenco, gospel and jazz. Among the artists scheduled to play are flamenco singer Carmen Linares, minimalist composer Philip Glass, jazz pianist Uri Caine and flamenco performers Michel Camilo and Tomatito. ...

The ANSA news agency reported that prosecutors in the northern Italian city of Bologna have asked that opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti be prosecuted for tax fraud. He is accused of trying to avoid paying 10 billion lire ($4.84 million) in taxes by claiming a Monte Carlo address as his primary residence. ...