I love how the room comes alive and burns with sonic fire when you switch a bit of Ray Barretto on!! He’s electric!
Legendary percussionist Raymond Barretto, a.k.a Ray Barretto, was proficient in a wide variety of Latin musical styles as well as Latin jazz. His magic hands delivered rhythms that soothed and sensationalised all at the same time! Throughout his career he became one of the leading champions of boogaloo, a genre that rose up in the late 1960’s and would later be known as salsa! He was a member of Tito Puente’s orchestra from 1957 to 1960, forming his own orchestra in 1961 – as well a being a highly demanded session musician! And if this isn’t impressive enough, he was also a master of the Descarga genre (improvised jam session) and a long-time member of the Fania All-Stars !!
Ray Barretto began releasing in the late 1950’s and continued to issue his stunning percussive sounds with great success for the next 50+ years!
Together is the title track from his 1969 album, released on Fania Records. True to his fiery form, the record erupts in a blaze of horns. Accompanied by hot percussion and a punchy piano melody, this dynamic, rhythmic sorcery is fuelled even further! Lyrically the song embraces racial unity, delivered by the super soulful vocals of salsa singer, Adalberto Santiago! Check it out above and listen to the rest of the album from here.