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Ray Mantilla

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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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Article: Year in Review

In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2020

Read "In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2020" reviewed by Maxim Micheliov


As 2020 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to remember the extraordinarily gifted musicians who made an indelible mark on jazz. With sadness, we bid farewell to Gary Peacock, Ennio Morricone, Keith Tippett, Henry Grimes, Bucky Pizzarelli, Wallace Roney and many others including NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Candido Camero, ...

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Article: Radio

Chris Dingman, Bobby Hutcherson, Frank Sinatra and More

Read "Chris Dingman, Bobby Hutcherson, Frank Sinatra and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Right out of Kansas City, Neon Jazz presents episode 643 to calm the anxiety of the world. This show features Ray Mantilla and Onaje Allen Gumbs among others. Enjoy the jazz. Playlist JChris Dingman “Goddess" Embrace (Inner Arts Initiative) 00:00 Host talks 5:17 Bobby Hutcherson “Like Sonny'" Wise One (Kind of Blue Records) 7:08 ...

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Article: Interview

Basilio Sulis: Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz

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


Basilio Sulis, storico direttore artistico del festival Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz, è deceduto questa mattina, 11 Novembre 2020. Visionario e anticonformista, ironico e penetrante, appassionato e al tempo stesso lucidamente disincantato, era un acuto osservatore dei fenomeni musicali, culturali, sociali. Lo ricordiamo ripubblicando questa intervista, raccolta nel corso dell'edizione 2017 del ...

Article: Live Review

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 ...

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Article: Interview

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 ...

Album

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.

Article: Album Review

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 ...

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Article: Record Label Profile

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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