Ray Barretto : La Cuna

Ray Barretto : La Cuna


Ray Barretto (conga, percussion), Joe Farrell (tenor and soprano sax, flute), John Tropea (guitar), Charlie Palmieri (piano, percussion), Carlos Franzetti (piano), Jeremy Wall (synthesizers), Francisco Centeno (bass), Steve Gadd, Mark Craney (drums), Willy Torres (vocals), Tito Puentes (timpani)

CTI 9002

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - La Cuna
A2 - Doloroso
A3 - Mambotango
B1 - The Old Castle
B2 - Pastime Paradise

Recorded in August 1979 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Ray Barretto disliked his music being labelled 'Latin Jazz' - yet the album "La Cuna" is one of the most memorable of this genre, since it amalgamates the diverse moods of both Americas. In this album, the expertise of the legendary producer Creed Taylor is combined with an all-star ensemble and the supreme musicality of the skilful jazz percussionist Barretto to create a tightly-knit performance. The title-giving opening number sails along merrily with a salsa swing, but then the soaring flute melodies and the powerful piano improvisations cool down the Caribbean rhythms. How the players mingle driving patterns with delicate melodies to form beautiful song is demonstrated best in "Doloroso" and also in "Mambotango", whereby the latter exudes controlled coolness in the somewhat electric mood.
John Tropea leans seemingly intentionally towards Santana and his art of guitar-playing, and this is further enhanced by the late Joe Farrell's phenomenal performance.
A further tribute is paid to one of the greatest musicians ever to combine various styles and trends with a speeded-up version of Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise".
To conclude: if not Latin Jazz, then definitely Latin AND Jazz.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com