Hot Hands

Hot Hands

by Ray Barretto & the New World Spirit


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Hot Hands

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431217725
catalogNumber: 2177
Rank: 156894

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Barretto & the New World Spirit   Primary Artist
Ray Barretto   Percussion,Conga,Quinto
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   Composer
McCoy Tyner   Composer
Larry Birnbaum   Liner Notes
Phil Edwards   Remixing
Angel Fernandez   Arranger
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Benny Golson   Composer
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
Jürg Morgenthaler   Composer
Allan Farnharm   Producer

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