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Ray Armando: Mallet Hands

Read "Mallet Hands" reviewed by Jim Santella

Ray Armando wanted to be a baseball player. Growing up in Brooklyn can do that to you. But his family lived right across the street from conguero Mongo Santamaria, and that led to lessons at age eight. Armando went on the road at age 15 with Elmo Garcia and later with Tito Puente. Then began a ...


Ray Bryant: Somewhere In France

Read "Somewhere In France" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Now that the newest label in the jazz recording industry, Label M, is gaining momentum in the volume and frequency of its releases, producer Joel Dorn goes back to one of his earlier successes. That earlier classic album is Ray Bryant's Alone At Montreaux.

Once again, Dorn is releasing one of Bryant's live recordings somewhere ...