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Ray Barretto is one of the most influential Latin percussionists in the history of modern jazz. With a musical heritage as deeply rooted in the bebop jam sessions held in Harlem during the late-'40s as in his Puerto Rican ancestry, Barretto has spent over five decades refining the integration of Afro-Caribbean rhythms with the improvisational elements of jazz.

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  • Audio CD (2 Feb. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002AMV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 511,947 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. La Cuna
2. Doloroso
3. Mambotango
4. The Old Castle
5. Pastime Paradise
6. Cocinando

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I bought this album because I listened the "Pastime paradise" Stevie Wonder's cover. Fantastic, great band playing really together (with some perplexity about the flute... very strange but funny). The other songs in the album are not at the same level, a problem very common in the NY salsa scene and generally with all the live dancing groups; probably this songs were very good live, but on a CD were not. So, 5 star to pastime paradise, 1 star for the others, and three star finally. The players are everytime fantastic, but the music not.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not Salsa But Killer Latin Jazz Funk! 12 Dec. 2005
By Michael Saltiel - Published on
Format: Audio CD
For those looking for Salsa this record will dissapoint. In fact Ray Barretto offers us a supreme effort by some of the finest musicians of the time and the result is in my opinion some of the best latin jazz funk ever recorded. In many ways this is more exciting and adventurous music than the salsa hits that Barretto can produce on a whim. Any wonder that "Pastime Paradise" and "The Old Castle" consistently make the most saught-after latin jazz and rare funk compilations and dj playlists? In fact these tunes boast white hot guitar by a brilliant John Tropea, Charlie Palmieri's tasty piano on "La Cuna" & "Pastime Paradise" Tito Puente swingin' on "Cocinando" and Joe Farell on sax reminiscent of Gato Barbieri, as exciting as it is melodic and passionate, just check out "The Old Castle". I'll ride this elevator any time!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent LATIN JAZZ 12 Aug. 2009
By NYCSteeler - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I bought the vinyl album version when it first came out back in '81 (I think). I was overseas on a military base and with some friends, played latin music on our time off. When we got our hands on this at the BX, we went nuts as Barretto is one of the greatest congueros ever. The music on here is just incredible - it ranges from a soft, melancholy ballad, to an uptempo furious set that will leave you drenched in sweat. It also contains an excellent cover of Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise" with Willy Torres doing a nice job on vocals. "Cocinando" on the CD was not on the vinyl album - it's a bonus track - and what a bonus! A very uptempo and furious jam session - if you like to play congas or percussion in general, you will love this track - it will leave your hands raw. As another reviewer noted, this is not the same track as Ray's salsa song by the same name. For those of you looking for Salsa, this CD IS NOT IT! It's Latin Jazz - and excellent Latin Jazz at that with some of the best Jazz musicians around. With a lineup of Joe Farrell, Tito Puente, Charlie Palmieri, Jeremy Wall, John Tropea, Steve Gadd, and others, this is a classic, period. Enjoy.
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An All Star Crew 9 Jan. 2015
By Alberto Rodriguez - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
An all star crew: Barretto (master conga player and true pioneer); Puente (the king of latin music, best timbalero ever and great musical conductor), Tropea (I always enjoyed his solos in Deodato's albums); Steve Gadd (a kick ass drummer, the white version of Lenny White); Joe Farrell (a fantastic flute and sax player; a classic studio musician who I enjoyed when playing with Corea); and, Charlie Palmieri (a tremendous piano player with identical genes of his brother Eddie). "La Cuna" - spanish for The Cradle. It figures... Great album. Que VIVA Barretto!.
Four Stars 28 Sept. 2014
By marcos cortez - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is great cd. Ray is an wonderful artist. He really knows about salsa and his heritage.
7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Salsa for the elevator 15 Oct. 2000
By catort bradson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The only thing elevating this one is the lineup-but just barely. There are some good moments (how could there not be with Charlie Palmieri on keyboards?), but there's not much to recommend with this late seventies release. No tracks stand out.
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