Mallet Hands

Mallet Hands

by Ray Armando
     
 
Ray Armando, long a fixture in the Los Angeles area, had a relatively rare chance to record as a leader on this disc. The style of music is very much 1950s/'60s Afro-Cuban jazz, with tenor saxophonist Benn Clatworthy (whose main inspiration is John Coltrane) generally being the main soloist. Along with

Overview

Ray Armando, long a fixture in the Los Angeles area, had a relatively rare chance to record as a leader on this disc. The style of music is very much 1950s/'60s Afro-Cuban jazz, with tenor saxophonist Benn Clatworthy (whose main inspiration is John Coltrane) generally being the main soloist. Along with some originals, such songs as Ron Carter's "Eighty One," a slower-than-usual "Take the 'A' Train," and Gene Ammons' swinging "In Sid's Thing" are successfully Latin-ized. The sextets (with Theo Saunders or Jorge Valentin Gaffento on piano) are excellent, featuring Armando and either Robertito Melendez or Papo Rodriguez on percussion. This is very easy music to enjoy, both by jazz listeners and Latin dancers.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2000
Label:
Cubop Records
UPC:
0780661503125
catalogNumber:
15031
Rank:
188502

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Armando   Primary Artist,Cymbals,Timbales
Benn Clatworthy   Saxophone
Eddie Resto   Bass
Enzo Todesco   Drums
Robertito Melendez   Bongos,Bells,Shekere
Papo Rodriguez   Track Performer
Ray Armando & His Playground Quintet   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Ron Carter   Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
Ray Armando   Arranger
Benn Clatworthy   Arranger
Duke Ellington   Composer
Mark V.   Engineer
Bobby Matos   Producer,Engineer
Michael McFadden   Executive Producer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Jody McFadin   Executive Producer

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