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Ray Mantilla

Inspired by his South Bronx Afro-Cuban roots, percussionist Ray Mantilla rose to prominence in the early '70s, performing with a host of prestigious bands, and eventually led his own band in the '80s, the Ray Mantilla Space Station. All this time Mantilla remained active and continued his prolific streak into the 2000s.

Born in 1934, in the South Bronx, Mantilla's musical career began early. By the time he was in his 20s, he was already performing in New York, blending his Afro-Cuban roots with the contemporary jazz idiom of the time. The culmination of Mantilla's upward climb came when he began touring the States, Europe, and Japan with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He remained with Blakey for several years in the '70s, yet he still managed to work with countless others, including Charles Mingus and Max Roach.

His solo debut, Mantilla, surfaced in 1978 on the Inner City label; however, it wasn't until his next album, Hands of Fire (1984, Red), that his solo recording career gained momentum. His group, the Ray Mantilla Space Station, returned two years later with another album for Red, Synergy (1986), and then again shortly after with Dark Powers. In 1991, he returned with a new band, the Jazz Tribe, and then didn't return with another album until 2000, The Next Step. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi
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this gentleman plays a forgotten instrument superbly. I had no idea he was born in the South Bronx in 1934. He had to be a lonely man in the 1930's when our Puerto Rican parents started to arrive. What the Bronx must have been like when he was coming up. His music probably saved him for traveling a wrong path, that's Latin Music for you. Grest sound.
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This Band has smoking kicks ..very tight..don't have ANYTHING like it in Spokane,WA ..I'd travel far. 2 see them!!!
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I Like this music man
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Nice jam
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Love it
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MercyMercyMe r c y M e r c y M E R C Y ! ! ! ! !
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latin jazz is my kind of music it is so soothing i just luv it enjoy all u latin jazz lovers like me peace n luv. irma
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whatever his roots, Ray's a homie from the south Bronx. Always a brother !
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RAY SAYS HAPPY NEW YEAR
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Ray Mantilla roots are from Puerto Rico,his parents are puertorrique ~ o s .
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Ray Mantilla is a great percussionis t and is a leyend living,
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richjazzman
the jazzman from N.Y.C.circa 1969 loves it too!!!!!!!!
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I love this Ray Mantilla radio!!!! but I always knew his spanish roots came from Peru and Puerto Rico. He is awesome anyhow.
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I like this music it speakes to the best times of my life.

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