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On Rhythm In the House, Hilton Ruiz decided to spice up traditional Latin jazz with contemporary dance, soul and disco music. The result is a kinetic, entertaining record that proves Latin jazz is not a static form. Ruiz has enlisted a stellar supporting group, featuring Tito Puente, Richie Flores and bassist Ruben Rodriguez, among others. He wrote or co-wrote and provided arrangements for all eight songs on the album, and while not every song has a memorable melody, it's all infectious Latin dance music that proves Ruiz' versatility.


Born: 29 May 1952 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Jazz pianist Hilton Ruiz was a musician of uncommon versatility, shuttling seamlessly between the complex improvisations of the avant-garde and the relentless rhythms of Afro-Cuban music. Born in New York City on May 29, 1952, Ruiz was a child prodigy who performed at Carnegie Recital Hall at age eight. In addition to classical studies, he explored jazz under the tutelage of the legendary Mary Lou Williams, and at 14 made his recorded debut with the Latin soul outfit Ray Jay and the East Siders....
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