6 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On 1979’s blazing La Cuna, Ray Barretto perfectly straddles Afro-Cuban rhythms and grooving jazz fusion. Synths, sax, and drums take charge in “Doloroso,” and the jubilant “La Cuna” boasts rumba rhythms that invigorate with experimental piano keys. With “Pastime Paradise,” a rendition of the groundbreaking Stevie Wonder hit, Barretto adds layers of buoyant, festive percussion to the soulful masterpiece; on the closing “Cocinando,” he maneuvers through conga acrobatics and fierce brass melodies with impressive finesse.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On 1979’s blazing La Cuna, Ray Barretto perfectly straddles Afro-Cuban rhythms and grooving jazz fusion. Synths, sax, and drums take charge in “Doloroso,” and the jubilant “La Cuna” boasts rumba rhythms that invigorate with experimental piano keys. With “Pastime Paradise,” a rendition of the groundbreaking Stevie Wonder hit, Barretto adds layers of buoyant, festive percussion to the soulful masterpiece; on the closing “Cocinando,” he maneuvers through conga acrobatics and fierce brass melodies with impressive finesse.

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