Homage to Art

Homage to Art

by Ray Barretto
     
 

The legendary jazz drummer Art Blakey was a giant of rhythm. Conguero Ray Barretto is a looming figure himself, a linchpin of modern Latin music. The paths of these two master percussionists first crossed in the early 1950s, and they recorded together on Blakey’s Holiday for Skins in 1958. Barretto’s tribute to Blakey mixes his Latin rhythmic spice into…  See more details below

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The legendary jazz drummer Art Blakey was a giant of rhythm. Conguero Ray Barretto is a looming figure himself, a linchpin of modern Latin music. The paths of these two master percussionists first crossed in the early 1950s, and they recorded together on Blakey’s Holiday for Skins in 1958. Barretto’s tribute to Blakey mixes his Latin rhythmic spice into a steaming hard-bop groove. Propelling a tightly knit sextet from behind his congas, Barretto casts his eye on tunes once associated with Blakey or influenced by the sound of his influential Jazz Messengers ensembles. Four terrific Wayne Shorter pieces and a Lee Morgan tune are featured, as well as a boppish take on “Frère Jacques.” Throughout the proceedings, the septuagenarian Barretto sounds as fresh and energized as his younger crew, which includes such enthusiastic and able players as trumpeter John Bailey, saxophonist Miguel Zenon, and pianist Luis Perdomo. Heartfelt and swinging, it's a recording that Blakey himself would have proudly embraced.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
Where does one go from the top? Ray Barretto through his years collaborating with the most important names in jazz and giving some of salsa's most notable musicians their start has become the most notable conguero around. No one has done so much for the role of the instrument, either by way of notoriety or for its musical role. Where does one go from being the most notable living conguero? In Barretto's case, the answer is that, like a true master, you pay tribute to the masters who went before you. In his 2003 Homage to Art (Blakey & the Jazz Messengers) Barretto looks back on some of his favorite compositions from his days as a fellow percussionist/bandleader. It is becoming a well-worn path to cover material from our jazz forefathers thanks to artists like Conrad Herwig, Brian Lynch and others, who've done a fine job reworking classic material to swing en clave, but the opportunity to hear it done by one of Latin jazz's genuine pioneers is rare and precious. With a lineup of New York's cream of the crop, including Luis Perdomo, Miguel Zenón, Hans Glawischnig and the slightly lesser known Vince Cherico and John Baily, Barretto's tribute is far from a museum piece. The concept is established and Barretto is a king, but the music is still plenty fresh and daring. When a master pays homage to a master, it's something worth hearing.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2003
Label:
Sunny Side
UPC:
0016728110525
catalogNumber:
1105
Rank:
290246

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Barretto   Primary Artist,Percussion,Conga
Vince Cherico   Drums
Luis Perdomo   Piano
Miguel Zenón   Alto Saxophone
Hans Glawischnig   Bass
John Bailey   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ray Barretto   Engineer,Liner Notes,Mastering
Michael Philip Mossman   Arranger
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Joe Marciano   Engineer,Mastering
Michael Marciano   Mastering
Jean-Jacques Pussiau   Producer
Alain Gerber   Liner Notes
Bernard Amiard   Artwork
Luis Perdomo   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Hans Glawischnig   Arranger
John Bailey   Arranger

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