Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Got To Get Together

Here is one of my favorite tracks from the legendary Latin percussionist Ray Barretto, titled "Together". This funky Latin gem was originally the title track to his 1969 album Together, which was released off Fania Records. When it comes to Barretto, it's safe to say that he had quite a prolific career which started off as being a member of Tito Puente's orchestra during the late 1950's before he went on to form his own Latin orchestra, and eventually becoming a part of the Fania All Stars. On my recent trip to Seattle, I was excited to snatch up a used copy of his 1973 Carnaval album, which I've been enjoying and playing in heavy rotation ever since. For those who aren't as familiar,"Together" might just be the perfect introduction to his amazing collection of music. The song definitely has an overall Latin feel, as does all of his songs, however crosses over nicely when comes to the dance floor, as well as the blending of the track within other genres of music. At times it reminds me of an early Barrabas song. Overall, it's just a glimpse of the brilliance that is Ray Barretto. Enjoy!

Ray Barretto - Together

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