Ray Barretto - Que Viva la Musica (2006) [Afro-Cuban Jazz, Latin Jazz]; FLAC (image+.cue)

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Ray Barretto - Que Viva la Musica (2006) [Afro-Cuban Jazz, Latin Jazz]; FLAC (image+.cue)

Unread postby Mike1985 » 02 Feb 2018, 15:43

Artist: Ray Barretto
Album: Que Viva la Musica
Genre: Afro-Cuban Jazz, Latin Jazz
Label: Fania
Released: 2006
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue)
    CD 1:
  1. El Watusi
  2. El Bantu
  3. 007
  4. Do You Dig It
  5. Soul Drummers
  6. Hard Hands
  7. Together
  8. Right On
  9. Acid
  10. Abidjan
  11. Power
  12. The Other Road
  13. Lucretia the Cat
  14. Cocinando
  15. Arrepientete

    CD 2:
  1. Que Viva la Musica
  2. La Pelota
  3. Indestructible
  4. El Hijo de Obatala
  5. Guarare
  6. Vale Mas un Guaguanco
  7. Ya Vez
  8. Tu Propio Dolor
  9. Fuerza Gigante
  10. Rhythm of Life
  11. Manos Duras
  12. Prestame Tu Mujer
  13. Aguadilla


Produced only a short time after his death, Ray Barretto's A Man and His Music tells the story of a young conguero who went from sitting in on New York's after-hours jam sessions to becoming a Latin music household name, the most influential conguero of his lifetime. It's a long story, spanning better than 45 years and quite a few records, and it's surprising that the Fania label could cram it into a two-disc set. Beginning in his boogaloo years, with famous cuts like "El Watusi" and "Soul Drummers," the collection demonstrates that Barretto's habits of rule-breaking and genre-fusing were obviously formed early. These tracks show a sophistication that the majority of the boogaloo genre did not share. Moving on to Barretto's salsa/Latin jazz experimentation, "Abidjan" and "The Other Road" are a testament to his ongoing creativity. There are, of course, a number of his indispensable hits included, like "Indestructible," "Vale Mas un Guaguanco," and "Guarare." The absence of any of Barretto's genuine jazz work is noticeable and curious, but considering the source of this collection (Fania), that is understandable, if somewhat disappointing. There are guaranteed to be more than a few collections put together immortalizing the late, great master conguero/bandleader. For those who favor his salsa side, A Man and His Music is sure to please.
Review by Evan C. Gutierrez

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