domingo, 14 de diciembre de 2008

Ray Barretto - The Message
Ray Barretto - The Message (1972) 320kbs Release Date Jul 17, 2007 Studio/Live Studio Mono/Stereo Stereo Producer Ray Barretto Engineer Irv Greenbaum Recording Time 35 minutes Personnel Ray Barretto - congas Orestes Vilato - timbales Andy Gonzalez - bass guitar Roberto Rodriguez - trumpet Johnny "Dandy" Rodriguez - bongos Rene Lopez Joseph "Papy" Roman Louis Cruz - piano From Dusty Groove One of Ray Barretto's hardest-hitting salsa albums of the 70s -- a raw set of grooves that's got Ray moving away from the playfulness of the Latin Soul years, into a more righteous mode that's easily guessed at from the title of the set! The vibe here is very straightforward -- with Ray coming down hard on conga, and working with a group that features Adalberto Santiago on lead vocals, plus Orestes Vilato on timbales, Andy Gonzalez on bass, and Luis Cruz on piano. The sound is spare and raw -- and titles include the wonderfully echoey tune "O Elefante", with some great elephant-like work on trumpet -- plus "Con El Cimarron", "Se Traba", "Arrepientete", and "Te Traigo Mi Son". Review by José A. Estévez, Jr. Bandleader/conga player Ray Barretto continued to assert himself as one of the premier mainstream salsa catalysts of the early '70s with one of his most celebrated albums. Barretto, bass player Andy Gonzalez, pianist/arranger Louis Cruz, timbales master Orestes Vilató, and bongo player Johnny Rodríguez contribute to the band's tough rhythm section; of course, vocalist Adalberto Santiago is a knockout on tunes like the hilarious "Se Traba" and the memorable "Alma Con Alma." One of Barretto's top albums of the 1970s and another example of what made New York salsa so special. Posted by Flabbergast Labels: Salsa

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