El Ray Criollo

July 29, 2016 - Comment

Ray Barretto, Mr. Hard Hands was a pioneer in the fusion of Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban and Salsa genres. With an illustrious career spanning decades he made his mark with the Fania and West Side Latino labels. This album was originally released in 1966 and features musical styles ranging from Guajira to Guaguanco. All killer tracks

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Ray Barretto, Mr. Hard Hands was a pioneer in the fusion of Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban and Salsa genres. With an illustrious career spanning decades he made his mark with the Fania and West Side Latino labels. This album was originally released in 1966 and features musical styles ranging from Guajira to Guaguanco. All killer tracks from featuring an ultra-tight band of heavyweights: Orestes Vilato on timbales, Adalberto Santiago and Willie Garcia on vocals, Roberto Rodriguez on trumpet, and more stellar players. This album has long been considered a classic and is now available after a decades-long absence!

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Puerto Rican Papi says:

Ray Barretto (El Ray Criollo) This album is such a class acted from start to finish. It has all the oldies from Ray Barretto and it showcase’s all the top stars from fania that you have come to know and love from the very first time you heard them all on record. This is Ray Barretto’s band that he put together in the year of 1960. This album showcase’s Ore Vilato on timbales Willie Garcia on vocals Roberto Rodriguez on trumpet joe Wohletz on valve trombone Mike Dante and Barry Finclair on violins Carlos Castillo on bass and…

Gabriel Cortes Hernandez says:

A very solid mix of salsa variants. I must admit, I was kind of skeptical when first purchasing this album. Now I am wondering why I didn’t get this earlier. The album is a fine mix of various different musical styles ranging from guajira, guaguanco, son montuno to bolero all of the songs are really good. An unfortunate note is that Ray doesn’t do many solos, if I’m not mistaken he has just one outstanding solo, which was on “Don Lengua.” “Don Lengua” is the story of the neighbor gossiper, a guaguanco that rocks and seems to be…

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