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Hot Hands

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Concord Jazz did a smashing job on Hot Hands of reissuing two stellar yet under-the-radar Latin jazz albums by Ray Barretto's New World Spirit ensemble of the 1990s. Hot Hands consists of Ancestral Messages, first released in 1993, and Taboo, which was issued the following year. The connection between the two albums goes deeper than chronology. The former is a look back over Barretto's many influences in both Latin Soul, salsa and Afro-Cuban music, and the latter is a new articulation of those influences, resulting in what the percussionist himself called his "most organic album." These are the first two records released by his truly great New World Spirit band, which seeded...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Concord Jazz did a smashing job on Hot Hands of reissuing two stellar yet under-the-radar Latin jazz albums by Ray Barretto's New World Spirit ensemble of the 1990s. Hot Hands consists of Ancestral Messages, first released in 1993, and Taboo, which was issued the following year. The connection between the two albums goes deeper than chronology. The former is a look back over Barretto's many influences in both Latin Soul, salsa and Afro-Cuban music, and the latter is a new articulation of those influences, resulting in what the percussionist himself called his "most organic album." These are the first two records released by his truly great New World Spirit band, which seeded in equal parts the salsa and tough hard-bop and bebop jazz that Barretto loved. Both albums are loaded with chops, brilliant charts, and deft, even astonishing soloing in places; and then of course there are the rhythms which are so complex yet completely acccessible and addictive, one has to dance. Ray Vega, the great trumpet player, is present on both recordings as are Hector Martignon on piano and drummer Satoshi Takeishi. The price is right and the sound is warm and bright. This is highly recommended for anyone interested in Barretto's final creative period of many, where his complete genius was on full display.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431217725
  • Catalog Number: 2177
  • Sales rank: 130,746

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 New World Spirit - Ray Barretto (5:26)
  2. 2 Song for Chano - Ray Barretto (5:47)
  3. 3 Freedom Jazz Dance - Ray Barretto (7:46)
  4. 4 On a Sunday Afternoon - Ray Barretto (4:51)
  5. 5 Beautiful Love - Ray Barretto (5:40)
  6. 6 Killer Joe - Ray Barretto (5:50)
  7. 7 Aqua Blue (Pour Etienne et Mario) - Ray Barretto (5:22)
  8. 8 Gabriela - Ray Barretto (5:16)
  9. 9 My Latin New York - Ray Barretto (4:37)
  10. 10 Ancestral Messages - Ray Barretto (5:57)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Taboo - Ray Barretto (6:23)
  2. 2 Bomba-Riquen - Ray Barretto (4:03)
  3. 3 Work Song - Ray Barretto (6:13)
  4. 4 Cancion De'l Yunque (Song for the Rain Forest) - Ray Barretto (5:24)
  5. 5 Guaji-Rita - Ray Barretto (5:45)
  6. 6 99 MacDougal St. - Ray Barretto (5:34)
  7. 7 Montuno Blue - Ray Barretto (6:05)
  8. 8 Brother Tom - Ray Barretto (5:03)
  9. 9 Lazy Afternoon - Ray Barretto (4:12)
  10. 10 Effendi - Ray Barretto (5:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Barretto & the New World Spirit Primary Artist
Ray Barretto Percussion, Conga, Quinto, Indexed Contributor
Adam Kolker Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Hector Martignon Synthesizer, Piano, Group Member
Jairo Moreno Bass, Group Member
Satoshi Takeishi Drums, Group Member
Jay Rodriguez Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Ray Vega Percussion, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Group Member
Alfredo Gonzales Guiro, Group Member
Technical Credits
Ray Barretto Arranger, Composer, Producer
Allen Farnham Producer
Eddie Harris Composer
Stanley Turrentine Composer
Wayne King Composer
Oscar Brown Jr. Composer
McCoy Tyner Composer
Larry Birnbaum Liner Notes
Phil Edwards Remixing
Angel Fernandez Arranger
Haven Gillespie Composer
Benny Golson Composer
George Horn Mastering
Carl Jefferson Executive Producer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
John Latouche Composer
Hector Martignon Arranger, Composer
Jairo Moreno Composer
Jerome Moross Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Paul Wickliffe Engineer
Victor Young Composer
Irving Greenbaum Engineer
Arnold Jay Smith Liner Notes
Kent Judkins Art Direction
Margarita Lecuona Composer
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Ray Vega Arranger, Composer
Chico Mendoza Composer
Ana Baracca Artwork
Allan Farnharm Producer
Jurg Morgenthaler Composer
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