Barretto Power

Barretto Power

by Ray Barretto
     
 

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Back into a mostly traditional bag by 1972, Ray Barretto served notice that his was the heavyweight band in the salsa scene with this LP. Aside from the devastating three-man trumpet line (Roberto Rodriguez, Rene Lopez, Papy Roman) and Adalberto Santiago's vocals (plus chorus), Barretto Power

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Back into a mostly traditional bag by 1972, Ray Barretto served notice that his was the heavyweight band in the salsa scene with this LP. Aside from the devastating three-man trumpet line (Roberto Rodriguez, Rene Lopez, Papy Roman) and Adalberto Santiago's vocals (plus chorus), Barretto Power is entirely a rhythm-section record, lean and economical yet no less powerful for it. The compositions are mostly group originals, and range from the leader's salsa-fied opener, "Oye la Noticia," to Rodriguez's chorus-heavy "Perla del Sur" to a pair of slightly modernized horn-led numbers, "Right On" and the closer, "Power" (the latter being Exhibit A should any listeners doubt the claim in the title). Pianist Luis Cruz contributes an affectionate yet stately ballad, "Se Que Volveras," and the trumpets never fail to come together, even when they're diverging along creative harmonic lines. Barretto Power isn't a flashy record; earlier triumphs like Acid and Hard Hands earned Barretto more notices than this one ever did. Still, it's as good a proof of Barretto's strength as any record in his discography.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/2009
Label:
Hi Horse Records
UPC:
0725543261113
catalogNumber:
391
Rank:
58861

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Barretto   Primary Artist,Percussion,Conga,Vocals,Background Vocals,Musical Direction
Héctor Lavoe   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Justo Betancourt   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Andy González   Bass,Bass Guitar
Rene Lopez   Trumpet
Roberto Rodriguez   Trumpet
Adalberto Santiago   Maracas,Vocals
Willie Torres   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Orestes Vilató   Timbales
Papy Roman   Trumpet
Louie Cruz   Piano
Tony Fuentes   Percussion,Bongos,cowbell,Guiro,Cencerro
Roberto Luis Rodriguez   Trumpet
Louis Cruz   Piano,Celeste

Technical Credits

Ray Barretto   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Jerry Masucci   Producer,Executive Producer
Roberto Rodriguez   Composer
Bobby Sanabria   Liner Notes
Izzy Sanabria   Cover Painting
Luis Cruz   Composer
Antonio Fuentes   Composer
Felix Romero   Inspiration
Louise Hilton   Graphic Design
Fred Weinberg   Engineer

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