Ray Barretto 1929-2006
Barretto lead scores of his own sessions, producing some of his strongest jazz work late in his career, with CDs like Homage to Art and Contact! Coincidently, Barretto also played on today’s featured LP from “Juan Calle.” His Latin jazz album of Bond themes entitled Senor 007, is another entertaining LP I might feature here in the future. Whatever the musical context, Barretto always played with passion.
Barretto’s contributions were recognized in his lifetime when the NEA named him one of the 2006 Jazz Masters in January.