Friday, February 17, 2006

Ray Barretto- Quitate La Mascara

It's a sad loss.

Percussionist and bandleader Ray Barretto died today. He was 76. Only Mongo Santamaria and Tito Puente rivaled Barretto’s influence and success in the Latin jazz world. "Quitate La Mascara" is taken from a compilation of salsa recorded for the Fania label. Listen and marvel at its fantastic horn charts and impeccable percussion. Barretto seemed to prefer jazz, though, and he began and ended his career working in that medium.

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