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Ray Armando: Mallet Hands

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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 ...