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Ray Mantilla

Ray Mantilla was born in 1934 in the rhythm rich, dance-crazed atmosphere of the South Bronx where Afro-Cuban rhythmic forms transmogrified with jazz harmonies and sensibilities in the streets, the homes and dance halls. By 21, Mantilla was on the bandstand playing conga drums along with contemporaries Eddie Palmieri and Ray Barretto, playing that unique Neo-Nuyorican synthesis known as 'salsa' With flutist Herbie Mann, Ray Mantilla entered the international spotlight in 1960. Then, Max Roach invited him to be part of the classic "Freedom Now Suite" recording. After a stint in Puerto Rico where he honed his skills on the trap set, Ray returned to the States to find himself touring nationally and in Europe and Japan with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

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Basilio Sulis: Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz

Read "Basilio Sulis: Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

In tempi come quelli odierni, fatti di festival con cartelloni omologati e di proposte musicali più attente agli aspetti commerciali che ai contenuti artistici, le manifestazioni che nel corso degli anni sono riuscite a mantenere una forte integrità e coerenza rappresentano una rara e dunque pregevole eccezione. Tra queste, possiamo sicuramente annoverare Ai ...

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Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz - XXXII Edizione

Read "Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz - XXXII Edizione" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz Sant'Anna Arresi Piazza del Nuraghe 01-10.09.2017 Max Roach e la sua We Insist! Freedom Now Suite. Erano queste le coordinate di riferimento della trentaduesima edizione del festival Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz. Percussioni, dunque, ma anche lotte per i diritti civili, per le conquiste ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Ray Mantilla: High Voltage

Ray Mantilla: High Voltage

A week or so ago I received a call from Harry Sepulveda. Harry and I go way back. We first met in the 1970s, when I used to buy Latin-jazz albums at Record Mart, his store in the Times Square subway station, down a flight of stairs from the Shuttle. Today the store still exists, though ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Victor Lewis: The Drummer's Spirit

Read "Victor Lewis: The Drummer's Spirit" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

For several decades, Victor Lewis has been one of the most in-demand drummers of the post-bop era and beyond. He has performed with Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, J.J. Johnson, Chet Baker, George Cables, Woody Shaw, Kenny Barron, Bobby Watson, and others of similar stature. On account of his exceptional ability to push the envelope of musical ...

The Connection

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: 01. Andean Fantasy; 02. Los Apolypticanos; 03. The Simple Life; 04. Psalm 107; 05. El Carnivalito USA; 06. Homanaje a San Rafael; 07. Pieces; 08. New Moon; 09. Soñando Puerto Rico; 10. Blues for Ray.

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Ray Mantilla: The Connection

Read "The Connection" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

In primo piano su The Connection troviamo il vibrante latin jazz che Ray Mantilla pratica con successo sin dagli anni '50. La formula è quella consolidata, ma grazie a Mantilla è possibile coglierne le radici più profonde. Significativa è in tal senso la superba traccia sette per sole percussioni, dove il virtuosismo del leader intreccia i ...

Dreambox Media: The Philadelphia Jazz Label

Read "Dreambox Media: The Philadelphia Jazz Label" reviewed by Mike Oppenheim

Any fan of the great American music that is jazz is surely aware that the art form's history depended on the convergence of geography, individual talents, and inspiration. Cities such as jny: New Orleans, jny: Kansas City, jny: Chicago, and New York are synonymous with particular styles of jazz. One often overlooked city is jny: Philadelphia, ...

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Piero Odorici: Cedar Walton Presents

Read "Cedar Walton Presents" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Recording for the prominent modern jazz Savant record label with eminent pianist Cedar Walton and his trio should indicate a milestone in the career of Italian tenor saxophonist Piero Odorici. After performing with trumpeter Eddie Henderson and Latin jazz percussionist Ray Mantilla, and maintaining a balanced global recording and touring regimen, Odorici may garner some additional ...

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Theo Saunders Sextet: San Diego, CA, July 5, 2011

Read "Theo Saunders Sextet: San Diego, CA, July 5, 2011" reviewed by Robert Bush

Theo Saunders Sextet Saville Theatre, San Diego City College San Diego, CA July 5, 2011 Pianist Theo Saunders has an incredible resume. Growing up in NYC, he played with Pharoah Sanders in the 1960s, and in 1971 (at age 24), at the Village Vanguard with the likes of Jimmy Garrison ...


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