by Ray Barretto & the New World Spirit


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Conga player Ray Barretto's Trancedance is hardly a typical Latin affair, as the music is extremely wide-ranging, including 20th century classical works, classic jazz works from several decades, a pop hit, and originals by the leader. His core band consists of trumpeter John Bailey, pianist John Di Martino, saxophonist Adam Kolker, bassist Gregg August, and drummer Vince Cherico. Di Martino's intricate scoring of Monty Alexander's "Renewal" (incorporating several guest Latin percussionists plus James Moody's magical flute) is the perfect opener, followed by a similar lineup tackling the pianist's brisk arrangement of Randy Weston's "Hi-Fly." Kolker's inventive take of Thelonious Monk's "'Round About Midnight" may be the most innovative since George Russell's famous recording of "'Round Midnight" on the Riverside release Ezz-Thetics. Kolker's intriguing approach to two segments of "The Grand Canyon Suite" ("Sunset" and "On the Trail") find him interweaving his soprano sax with Moody's flute, while the Latin percussion fits right in with the loping gait of the donkeys in "Sunset." Kolker switches to tenor sax for a rather brisk rendition of "On the Trail." Transforming Peggy Lee's hit "Fever" into a Latin setting makes it even more sensuous, particularly with his come-hither soprano sax. All of Barretto's originals also merit praise, especially his tribute to the late conga player Tito Puente, who helped put the instrument on the map in jazz. This is easily one of Ray Barretto's best all-around recordings.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2001
Label: Circular Moves
UPC: 0016728700825
catalogNumber: 287008
Rank: 96775

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Performance Credits

Ray Barretto & the New World Spirit   Primary Artist
Ray Barretto   Conga,Vocals
James Moody   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Adam Kolker   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Sanabria   Percussion
Vince Cherico   Drums
John Di Martino   Piano
Johannes Weidenmüller   Bass
New World Spirit   Track Performer
John Bailey   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ray Barretto   Producer,Liner Notes
Adam Kolker   Arranger
Jean-Jacques Pussiau   Producer
Daniel Richard   Executive Producer
Joseph Marciano   Engineer
John Di Martino   Arranger
Ferde Grofé   Composer

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