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By 1967, boogaloo was an explosion within New York's Latin music scene, and Ray Barretto helped fuel the new style with Latino Con Soul. The album had traces of the smooth and romantic charanga style and the groovy cocktail instruments that had been Barretto’s bread and butter up until that date, but for the first time the material was dominated by unapologetically street-savvy boogaloos (“Do You Dig It?” and “Boogaloo Con Soul”) and scorching guarachas (“Fuero y Pa’lante,” “Trompeta y Trombón,” “El Picor”). Barretto kept his band fresh by adding two singers who would become close collaborators. Adalberto Santiago brought romanticism and sex appeal, while Pete Bonet instigated a feeling of teenage abandon on cuts like “Do You Dig It?,” in which he exclaims “Hey baby—you wanna party a while?” and then shouts “Well, come on and boogaloo with me!” 1967 was a momentous time for Nuyorican music, full of fun and innovation, and few records capture that moment as well as Latino Con Soul.

Biography

Born: April 29, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Salsa y Tropical

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

While Ray Barretto's congas have graced more recording sessions than virtually any other conguero of his time, he has also led some refreshingly progressive Latin jazz bands over the decades. His records often have a more tense, more adventurously eclectic edge than those of most conventional salsa groups, unafraid to use electronics and novel instrumental or structural combinations, driven hard by his rocksteady, endlessly flexible percussion work. This no doubt reflects Barretto's wide range of...
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Latino con Soul (West Side Original Remastered), Ray Barretto
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Latino, Music
  • Released: Sep 07, 2010

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