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Ray Barretto

While Ray Barretto's congas have graced more recording sessions than virtually any other conguero of his time, he has also led some refreshingly progressive Latin jazz bands over the decades. His records often have a more tense, more adventurously eclectic edge than those of most conventional salsa groups, unafraid to use electronics and novel instrumental or structural combinations, driven hard by his rocksteady, endlessly flexible percussion work. This no doubt reflects Barretto's wide range of musical interests and also the fact that he came to Latin music from jazz, rather than the usual vice versa route for Latin-descended musicians. Indeed, he has said that he learned how to play swing-style before he came to master Latin grooves. Puerto Rican by extraction, Barretto took up the congas while stationed in Germany during an Army hitch. He began working with American jazz musicians upon his return to New York, eventually replacing Mongo Santamaria in the Tito Puente band for four years, beginning in the late '50s. Barretto made his debut as a leader for Riverside in 1962 and scored a crossover hit (number 17 on the pop charts) the following year on Tico with "El Watusi" (in tandem with a dance craze of the time). He tried to modernize the charanga sound with injections of brass, covering rock and pop tunes of the time as several Latin artists did then. However, Barretto made his main mark in the '60s as a super session player, playing on albums by Gene Ammons, Cannonball Adderley, Kenny Burrell, Lou Donaldson, Red Garland, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery, Cal Tjader, and several other jazz and pop albums. In moving over to the Fania label in 1967, Barretto began to achieve recognition as one of the leading Latin jazz artists of the day, eventually becoming music director of the Fania All-Stars. In the '70s, he was incorporating rock and funk influences into his music -- with only limited success -- while recording for Atlantic, and in 1981, he made a highly regarded album for CTI La Cuna, with Puente, Joe Farrell, and Charlie Palmieri as guest players. He became music director of the Bravisimo television program and took part in the multi-idiom, all-star, anti-apartheid Sun City recording and video in 1985. In 1992, he unveiled a new Latin jazz sextet, New World Spirit, which made some absorbingly unpredictable albums for Concord Picante. ~ Richard S. Ginell
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Llanto De Cocodrilo

2. Indestructible

3. Guarare

4. Acid

5. El Hijo De Obatala

6. Oye La Noticia

7. Hipocrecia Y Falsedad

8. Cocinando

9. Prestame Tu Mujer

10. Fuerza Gigante - Giant Force

11. Arrepientete

12. Vine Pa Echar Candela

13. No Me Paren La Salsa

14. Que Viva La Musica

15. Guaguanco Bonito

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Track List: Latin Soul Man

1. Right On

2. Soul Drummers

3. New York Soul

4. Together

5. Love Beads

6. El Watusi

7. Senor 007

8. El Bantu

9. Mercy Mercy Baby

10. Do You Dig It?

11. The Teacher Of Love

12. Hard Hands

13. Got To Have You

14. A Deeper Shade Of Soul

15. Power

16. Tin Tin Deo

17. Babalu

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Track List: Standards Rican-Ditioned

1. Lean On Me

2. Trav'lin' Light

3. Ivy

4. Suddenly It's Spring

5. I Had The Craziest Dream

6. Something To Live For

7. Baby, Baby All The Time

8. Brandy's Blues

9. Strange Music

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Track List: Irresistible

1. Llamame

2. Aguadilla

3. Amo La Noche

4. Cancion Para El Nino

5. Otra Noche Mas

6. Irresistible

7. Eras

8. Night In Tunisia

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Track List: Aqui Se Puede

1. La Resbalosa

2. Amor De Lujo

6. No Te Quedes Sin Bailar

7. No Me Paren La Salsa

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Track List: Rhythm Of Life

1. Manos Duras

2. Amor Artificial

3. Si No Eres Tu

4. Granada

5. Mi Dedicación

6. Indiferencia

7. Rhythm Of Life

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Track List: Soy Dichoso

1. Soy Dichoso

2. Lo Que Me Pasó En La Guagua

3. Los Ejes De Mi Carreta

4. El Entierro Del Feo

5. Tal Vez

6. Café Con Leche

7. Flor De Los Lindos Campos

8. Digan Me La Hora

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Track List: Barretto

1. Guarare

2. Vine Pa' Echar Candela

3. Eso Es Amar

4. Ban Ban Quere

5. Vale Mas Un Guaguance

6. Testigo Fui

7. El Presupuesto

8. Canto Abacua

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Track List: Indestructible

1. El Hijo De Obatala

2. El Diablo

3. Yo Tengo Un Amor

4. La Familia

5. La Orquesta

6. Llanto De Cocodrilo

7. Ay No

8. Indestructible

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Track List: Barretto Power

1. Oye La Noticia

2. Perla Del Sur

3. Right On

4. De Que Te Quejas Tu

5. Y Dicen

6. Quitate La Mascara

7. Se Que Volveras

8. Power

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Track List: The Message

1. Se Traba

2. Con El Cimarron

3. Alma Con Alma

4. Flor De Los Lindos Campos

5. Arrepientete

6. Te Traigo Mi Son

7. O Elefante

8. Seguire Sin Sonar

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Track List: Together

1. Together

2. Adiviname Y Olividate

3. Hipocresia Y Falsedad

4. No Olvido A Caracas

5. De Donde Vengo

6. Vive Y Vacila

7. Invitacion Al Son

8. Tin Tin Deo

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Track List: Acid

1. El Nuevo Barreto

2. Mercy, Mercy, Baby

3. Acid

4. A Deeper Shade Of Soul

5. The Soul Drummers

6. Sola Te Dejare

7. The Teacher Of Love

8. Espiritu Libre

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Track List: Hard Hands

1. Hard Hands

2. Abidjan

3. Love Beads

4. Mi Ritmo Te Llama

5. Got To Have You

6. Son Con Cuero

7. Mirame De Frente

8. New York Soul

9. Ahora Si

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Track List: Viva Watusi!

1. La Juventud De Borinquen

2. No Molestes Mas

3. Dulce Cha Cha Cha

4. Fiesta En El Barrio

5. Eras

6. Green Sleeves

7. Exodus

8. Mi Suerte

9. Esa Es La Del Solar

10. Suplica

11. Roberta

12. Watusi '65

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Track List: Celia-Ray-Adalberto - Tremendo Trio!

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Track List: El Ray Criollo

1. Descarga Criolla

2. Margie

3. Salsa Y Dulzura

4. Vida

5. Rareza En Guajira

6. Despojate

7. Yo Soy La Candela

8. Balanceate

9. Don Lengua

10. The Shadow Of Your Smile

11. A Maracaibo

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Track List: Fiesta En El Barrio

1. Fiesta En El Barrio

2. Hawaii

3. Lamento

4. Latin Doll

5. Viva Maria

6. Happy Birthday Caracas

7. Que Han Hecho Del Sol

8. Fuego Y Pa' Lante

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Track List: From The Beginning

1. Oye La Noticia

2. Sola Te Dejare

3. The Soul Drummers

4. Mirame De Frente

5. Quitate La Mascara

6. Adiviname Y Olvidate

7. Invitacion Al Son

8. Hipocrecia Y Falsedad

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Track List: Giant Force

1. Tu Propio Dolor

2. Arallue

3. Aguardiente De Cana

4. Los Mareados

5. Pura Novela

6. Guarapo Y Melcocha

7. Tus Mentiras

8. Fuerza Gigante - Giant Force

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Track List: Masterwork: Indestructible

1. El Hijo De Obatala

2. El Diablo

3. Yo Tengo Un Amor

4. La Familia

5. La Orquesta

6. Llanto De Cocodrilo

7. Ay No

8. Indestructible

9. Las Pascuas

10. Ay No (1st Take)

11. Jazz Guajira

12. Yo Tengo Un Amor (Instrumental Take 2)

13. Ay No (Live 1976)

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Track List: Que Viva La Musica

1. Que Viva La Musica

2. Bruca Manigua

3. La Pelota

4. El Tiempo Lo Dira

5. Cocinando

6. Triunfo El Amor

7. Alafia Cumaye

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Track List: RicanStruction

1. Al Ver Sus Campos

2. Un Dia Sere Feliz

3. Piensa En Mi

4. Ya Vez

5. Adelante Siempre Voy

6. Algo Nuevo

7. Tumbao Africano

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Track List: Senor 007

1. Mister Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

2. Search For Vulcan

3. Jamaica Jump Up

4. Thunderball

5. From Russia With Love

6. I Wanna Be A James Bond Girl

7. 007 (Double O Seven)

8. Underneath The Mango Tree

9. The James Bond Theme

10. Goldfinger

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The best of the best, que viva ray
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LIKE !!!!!!!!!!!!
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i believe it. just stay away from vindictive and narcist individuals.
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otro de Ponce.
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Great congero! One of the best if not the best of all times.
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The best conguero
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%%%%% MUSICA SABROSA %%%%%
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True legend
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Musica para el que sabe. Salsa dura
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A genius on the conga's. :)
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YES......... . . . . . . . . .
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MANOS DURAS en su epoca fue uno de los mejores % CONGUEROS. %
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Brutal..exce l e n t e
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Para mis Barreto tiene un sonido que muy pocos logran,ya que es muy original y le muha importancia al los instrumentos de los cuales se oyeron lindas y fantasticas inprovisacio n e s de muy bien gusto y sus cantantes de los mejores en cualquier tiempo de la musica ya no existiran,so menos seguire oyendo su legado que nunca desaparesera
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Yea! loved Ray he, Eddie and a few other noo yawkinos followed TP in inventing Latin Jazz- a New York Boricua innovation if there was one. God bless ya Ray Ray! Youse guys made the world aware of us. Thanks!
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El L.p.(Barrett o ) d e l 1 9 7 5 " f u e uno de los mejores L.p.s de Ray y Ruben blades"treme n d o "
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Leyenda musical para el mundo, Ray barretto, como ese ninguno opinion de
Lenny831 salsero de corazon y que siempre perdure la salsa!⭐⭐⭐
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Ray barretto,de los grandes el gitante,"que clase de conguero de los Buenos uno de los mejores Salseros!!⭐
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INCREIBLE MUSICA!!!!! Soy de México y reconozco q para hacer salsa no hay como puerto rico me encanta
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Fantastic music. I'm 84 years old and remember carnivals in Panam
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love it
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Nothing like some good salsa music to get your day going. Love Ray Barretto
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Nuestra salsa jamas y. Nunca morira.somos # 1 mundialmente . d i g a n lo que digan.
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The best conguero ever in the history of salsa.... Que viva la salsa.the 80s was awsome.

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q ritmos q calidad de musicos grupazos y vocalistas por siempre
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Claro uno de los mejores gracias camarada 101 no slack air bone div
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Historico Latin Jazzista Inolvidable
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I Love it!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Lo mejor de Ray Barretto
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hector.barre t o 3
WE LOVE YOUR WORK AND YOUR LEGACY UNCLE RAY. YOU REDEFINED NOT ONLY SALSA BUT LATIN JAZZ. QUE VIVA LA SALSA INDESTRUCTIB L E . HECTOR BARRETO
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Wepaaaaaaaa
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Very inspiring to read all these comments about one of the best Salseros ever. I was fortunate enough to have grown up in the mid 70's and early 80's having been exposed to what I consider the golden era of NYC Salsa. Clubs like El Corso, Chezsensual, Casa Borinquen, Casablanca in midtown and so many more bring back great memories of my youth and how I partied so much, the block parties, crashing house parties like it was cool. Vaya!.
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One of the best congas player for ever Que viva las salsas
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Adiviname
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Mirame de frente...epa
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Boricuas the best of the best in the whole world ñetaaaaa
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Time for salsa!!!
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Boricua 4ever, epa
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I live for salsa
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Con Barreto y Mongo. .best congas player ever. .mister MANOS DURAS!!
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When I was a child I played on my mothers hair spray cans to all the greats,when she cleaned I played,I told my mother I wanted to be the best conga player like Ray Barretto, I dreamed and fantasizes being on stage and by the grace of the most higher power I preform on stage playingCONGA S for Soundboy Cartagena y Su Orquesta.we are from Bushwick,I'm MIKEY CONGAS,I love you Ray,thank you for your inspiration
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Growing up playing on my mothers hair spray cans I listened to her music while she cleaned,when it was time for the long playing to drop on the flat rubber surface I waited to hear this great man play and I would see me at a very young age of 7years old being on stage just like him and many others. I am on stage playing just like Mr.Ray Barreto,I play to the rhythm of Spanglish hip hop with Sound Cartagena y Su Orquesta, I'm MIKEY CONGAS from Bushwick Blum,you will always be my mentor RAY.......
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LAS MANOS DURAS DE LA SALSA,SU MUSICA SIEMPRE VIVIRA CON TODOS LOS SALSEROS Y CONGUEROS
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Best music ever
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Salsaaaaaaaa
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The best in music of all time
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100% THE BEST
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Salsa mas salsa que pezcao PR 100%♡
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salsa dura...still playing at my fiestas... salsa na ma
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Ray Barretto, post ghetto, blaster master, conga everlonga, mas pica compadre.
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