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Ray Barretto (Percussion)

Born: 29th April 1929, New York City, New York, US

Died: 17th February 2006, Hackensack, New Jersey, US

Nationality: American

Ray Barretto was an American percussionist and bandleader of Puerto Rican ancestry. Throughout his career as a percussionist, he played a wide variety of Latin music styles, as well as Latin jazz. His first hit, "El Watusi", was recorded by his Charanga Moderna in 1962, becoming the most successful pachanga song in the United States. In the late 1960s, Barretto became one of the leading exponents of boogaloo and what would later be known as salsa. Nonetheless, many of Barretto's recordings would remain rooted in more traditional genres such as son cubano.

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Big Band & Swing


Hard Bop

Modal & Post Bop

Vocal Jazz

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