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Ray Mantilla: High Voltage (Savant)

The most adventurous song on High Voltage is the only one 83-year-old Latin-jazz percussion-titan Ray Mantilla composed for the project. Entitled “Lane Change,” it leads with torrid Hindustani tabla beats by Maitreya Padukone, dutifully followed by a similar barrage from Mantilla on cajón. Bassist Cucho Martinez joins in by the second minute, then the wet, … Read More “Ray Mantilla: High Voltage (Savant)”

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Ray Mantilla: The Connection

Jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythms are a natural connection, one attractively celebrated in the work of Latin percussionist Ray Mantilla, who was born in the South Bronx in 1934. Here, we have a variety of performances by members of his septet, ranging from a jam between Mantilla and drummer Bill Elder (“Pieces”) to a folkloric flute-and-soprano … Read More “Ray Mantilla: The Connection”

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