[50] Ray Barretto – Barretto Power

21 Mar

Jazz tinged Salsa, or Salsa flavored Jazz?  Either way, this recording is a passionate percussion driven soundscape.

Barretto Power

Barretto Power











The conga drums of Barretto and his three other drummers power each tune forward, enveloping and infectious, with the brass trailing along behind, spraying joy in its wake.  The syncopated complexity of each composition reveals the extraordinary level of musicianship, weaving a mesmerizing spell on the listener.

Depending on your mood, each song can be experienced as uplifting or contemplative, focusing either on the excitement of the upbeat swing or the hypnotic rhythms that underpin it.

The whole thing is *exquisite* – a strange word to describe a collection of congas perhaps, but the only one I can find that captures all the facets and intricacies of these songs.

Once again, here is a name and a sound that was missing from my musical education, which has now re-calibrated my appreciation for music as a whole.

And again I am indebted to Tom Moon and his list for providing the introduction.

Next Week: Ray Barretto – Barretto Power

Owned before blogging? No. (2 of 50. 4%)
Heard before blogging? No. (4 of 50. 8%)
Recommend? Yes. (41 of 50. 82%)

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